September 19, 2019

Ledge Light Offers Free Program to Help People Quit Tobacco

Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) is offering a free program aimed to reduce tobacco use in Southeastern Connecticut. The goal of the program is to remove common barriers people face by offering quit aids, coaching and social support at no cost. Programs are open to those who live or work in Southeastern Connecticut.

The program uses the American Lung Association’s “Freedom from Smoking®” curriculum to help participants quit tobacco in seven weeks. Free nicotine replacement therapy will be offered to participants. FDA- approved prescription medication like Varenicline (Chantix) will be made available to participants, should they prefer to use it, if their insurance doesn’t cover it.

“Quitting tobacco is a huge step towards improving your health and preventing disease. Ask any former tobacco-user, it’s the best decision they’ve ever made,” said LLHD Senior Health Program Coordinator and Tobacco Treatment Specialist Carolyn Wilson. “Sometimes it takes several attempts to be successful but creating a plan, seeking support and developing a set of strategies is the best course of action. It’s important to never give up on the journey to becoming tobacco-free.”

The 2019 Tobacco-Free LLHD program is made possible through a partnership with Uncas Health District and funding is from the Preventive Health & Health Services Block Grant (PHHSBG), Grant # 1NB01OT009192-01-00, fromthe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The first program of 2019 will begin Jan. 2 and run through Feb. 13. The “Quit Day” is Jan. 23.  Individual counseling is available by appointment if those interested can’t attend the group program. Tobacco-Free LLHD will be offering at least 2 more group programs in 2019.

For more information or to register for the program, visit this link and/or contact Senior Health Program Coordinator Carolyn Wilson at (860) 446-3062 or at cwilson@llhd.org.

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