Alta Bates Summit Offers Free Smoking Cessation Workshop On Nov. 8

Posted on Oct 26, 2017

You want to quit smoking. In fact, quitting is something you try almost every Monday throwing away your cigarettes only to retrieve them before the sun goes down. It is at the top of your list of New Year’s resolutions. Maybe you’ve tried quitting before on your own or you feel you are ready to quit for the first time.

Whether it’s the first or 10th time you’ve made quitting your goal, there’s just one question you have to ask yourself. Are you quitting for you? We’ve all seen the commercials on television telling us to quit smoking, but why do you want to quit? Is it your health, your kids, your first marathon or something even more personal to you?

To help those who want to quit, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center is offering a free Smoking Cessation workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 6 to 7 p.m. that will provide important information and practical tips to help you quit smoking.

The program offers participants a key element to successfully quitting smoking, according to Dr. Cathy McDonald, a renowned medical expert in tobacco cessation.

“My advice is to try to be proactive, have a plan, use a combinations nicotine replacement, listen to the advice from your physicians and get a support system,” she suggests. “I believe once you become really entrenched in an individual or group tobacco treatment program, you will feel compelled to help promote it because you will see the benefit you’ve received from the program. We will provide resources for extra support along the way and participants will receive a phone call once a week after the workshop to check on their progress and offer further assistance.”

There are a number of new resources out there to help people quit smoking, including some medications that have only been developed recently. For those of you who have the motivation to quit but don’t feel very confident, McDonald recommends talking to your physician about either combination nicotine replacement or medications, such as CHANTIX(tm) (varenicline), which works by activating nicotine receptors in the brain and blocking nicotine from attaching to them. Unlike nicotine gums or patches, varenicline medication does not contain nicotine.

“Our workshop is intentionally scheduled eight days prior to the Great American Smokeout, a national day to quit smoking tobacco. Gaining knowledge will allow you a week to prepare then put your plan into action so you will have successful results that stick,” adds McDonald.

Achieve success!
To learn more about the Smoking Cessation workshop or to register, call (510) 869-8833 to reserve a seat. The class will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. at the 3100 Summit Street, 1st floor (Family Resource Center) in Oakland.

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