Smoking is the leading cause of preventable illness and death in the United States. When you stop using tobacco, you lengthen your life. It is always the right time to stop. What is the "Get Off Your Butt: Stay Smokeless for Life" program?
It's a four-week education and support program for people who want to stop using tobacco. This program is for both the first time quitter and for individuals who have attempted to quit before. Free telephone and individual counseling is also available.Who should attend the smoking cessation program?
Anyone who is interested in making the life-saving change to quit tobacco use will benefit from this program. For support, we encourage "support buddies" to attend with the person they are supporting. This will allow the "buddy" to understand and learn more about the behavior change process that occurs with quitting.
What are the goals of the program?
The primary goal of the program is to help you understand the nature of addiction to nicotine and learn effective ways to control the addiction. Other goals of the program are ongoing support and encouragement to help you stick to your commitment to quit.What are the benefits of the program?
The "Get Off Your Butt: Stay Smokeless for Life" program helps you to quit tobacco use for good. The decision to quit using tobacco is the best decision you can make for your health and your family's health.What are the classes like?
Education information includes identifying readiness to change, triggers and methods of managing withdrawal and urges. The importance of exercise and relaxation techniques to help manage stress and preventing weight gain are discussed and establishing a plan to prevent relapse is encouraged. Is a self-paced program available?
Sentara also provides a free compact disk with an accompanying workbook program for people who want to quit tobacco use. Both parts of the program work together to help you quit using tobacco. The workbook reinforces the information presented in the audio portion.When is the program offered?
Group classes are offered throughout the year at different locations to make it easier for you to participate. Individual instruction and support are available.How much does the program cost?
Community group classes are free to all. Information on other classes is available from 1-800-SENTARA.How do I register?
To request this program, call 1-800-SENTARA (1-800-736-8272). Call today and stay smokeless and tobacco free.You can also register online.
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