Ventura County Public Health’s free “Call it Quits” stop smoking classes begin at seven locations in July
During the second week of July 2013, Ventura County Public Health (VCPH) will launch seven new 8-week group class sessions designed to help people quit smoking. The free, one-hour classes will take place at the following places, dates & times:
July 9 – August 20 at Ojai Valley Community Hospital, 1306 Maricopa Highway, Ojai, Upstairs Conference Room, Tuesdays, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
July 9 – August 20 at The Palms, 137 South Palm St., Ventura, Community Room, Tuesdays, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
July 9 – August 20 at Ventura County Public Health, 3147 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, Conference Room, Tuesdays from 5:30 – 7 p.m
July 11 - August 22 at Buena Vida, 9050 Telephone Rd., Ventura, Community Room, Thursdays, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
July 10 – August 21 at St. John’s Regional Medical Center, 1600 N. Rose Ave., Oxnard, Wellness Room, Wednesdays, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
July 8 – August 19 at Camarillo Health Care District, 3639 Las Posas Road., Bldg. H, #191, Camarillo, Mondays, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
July 9 – August 20 at Regal Medical Group, 3605 Alamo St., Suite 100, Simi Valley, Tuesdays, 5:30 – 7 pm
The VCPH “Call It Quits” program includes group and one-on-one counseling, free tobacco replacement therapy products and advice on how to recognize nicotine triggers, manage cravings, minimize withdrawal symptoms and stick with the program.
Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., accounting for more than 440,000 deaths each year. There are numerous health benefits associated with quitting smoking including lowering the risk of lung cancer, lowering the risks for heart disease and stroke and reducing respiratory symptoms such as coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.
To enroll in a VCPH tobacco cessation class, call the “Call It Quits” Helpline at: (805) 201-STOP (7867) or, for more information, go to: www.vchca.org/public-health/health-education/tobacco.