Friday, September 11, 2015

QuitCore returns to help individuals quit tobacco

  • Registration now open for free, six-week AHS workshop starting this month

LETHBRIDGE – QuitCore, a free Alberta Health Services (AHS) tobacco-cessation program that provides tools and support to help individuals build a tobacco-free lifestyle, returns to Lethbridge later this month.

Led by trained cessation professionals, the QuitCore program teaches tobacco users how to develop a plan to quit while providing strategies to address recovery symptoms, manage stress and, ultimately, prevent relapse. The program also connects participants with others trying to quit.

QuitCore will be held on six consecutive Mondays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., starting
Sept. 21, at the Lethbridge Public Library – The Crossings Branch, 255 Britannia Blvd. W. Please call toll-free 1-866-710-QUIT (7848) to register. More information is also available at www.albertaquits.ca.

These sessions are offered in partnership with the Lethbridge Public Library, the Campbell Clinic and Legacy Medical Centre-Chinook Primary Care Network.

Tobacco is the leading preventable cause of disease, disability and premature death in Alberta, causing more than 3,000 deaths each year across the province. Many more Albertans have tobacco-related illnesses.

AHS offers various programs and services to help Albertans quit tobacco, including telephone and online support services, one-on-one counselling and group cessation programs, such as QuitCore, which launched in 2008. The program is now available in more than 20 communities across the province.

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