Quitting smoking has never been easier with free classes on offer
Quitting smoking has never been easier with free classes on offer Matthew Deans

Free quit smoking classes will help with your New Year’s resolutions

AS far as New Year's resolutions go, quitting smoking must be at the top of the list.

The Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSW LHD) wants to help.

Smokers can take advantage of a free quit smoking program that commences in February.

NNSW LHD Health Promotion Manager Jillian Adams said that with approximately 300 people dying each week across Australia from illnesses caused by smoking, the free program provided the perfect opportunity to quit for life.

"Helping U 2 Quit is a free quit smoking program run by trained Quit Facilitators, with programs available over three or six weeks, both day or evening," Ms Adams said.

"The Helping U 2 Quit program will help people who smoke develop their own skills and knowledge about smoking, how to quit, and how to stay a non-smoker in a supportive environment. It is a community health initiative being delivered by CHEGS Inc, in partnership with NNSW LHD Health Promotion."

Ms Adams said that it was never too late to quit smoking, with quitting smoking delivering major benefits for older smokers who quit, providing both health and financial benefits.

"When an older person quits smoking, circulation improves immediately, and the lungs begin to repair damage," Ms Adams said.

"In one year, the added risk of heart disease is cut almost in half, and the risk of stroke, lung disease, and cancer diminish. Also, if you smoke a packet of cigarettes a day, during the next 10 years you will have spent around $77,000."

Helping U 2 Quit will be run in Lismore starting Thursday, February 18 from 10:30am to 12:30pm. The group will continue meeting on the same day and time each week for three weeks.

Limited places are available for this group. To register to participate contact Gavin Dart on 6620 2553, or phone or text 0437 892 537, or email gavin.dart@ncahs.health.nsw.gov.au.



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