New program to help you quit the ciggies

THERE'S a new program being run locally to help smokers put down the cigarettes.

The new 'Helping U 2 Quit Program' is a free, evidence-based quit smoking support group run by qualified facilitators. 

The program is a community health initiative being delivered by CHEGS Inc, in partnership with Northern NSW Local Health District Health Promotion.

The program will help people who smoke to develop their own skills and knowledge about smoking, how to quit, and how to stay a non-smoker in a supportive environment.

Tobacco smoking still causes more disease than any other risky behaviour with it damaging almost every organ of the body. 

At least 50% of all smokers die prematurely.

But, with quitting, comes good news - if people can quit smoking by the time they are 30 years of age, they can avoid the risk of dying from smoking-related disease by 97%. 

And if they quit by 40, then they avoid 90% of the risk.

Helping U 2 Quit will be available in Ballina, Byron Bay, Casino, Kingscliff, Kyogle, Lennox Head, Lismore, Maclean, Murwillumbah, Pottsville, Tweed Heads and Yamba soon, numbers permitting.

People can register to participate in a support group by contacting Gavin Dart by phone on 6620 2553.



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