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Wanna Quit Smoking? Attend Tabacco Free Tuesdays

The Meriden Health Department will host a new program with the focus on helping people to finally quit.

The Meriden Health Department is hosting a welcome/information session introducing Tobacco Free Tuesdays on Sept. 11 from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. All meetings will be held at 165 Miller St.

Tobacco Free Tuesdays (TFT) is a weekly support group designed to help smokers finally quit for good. Research has proven that long term quit rates are 2 to 3 times greater when a quit plan includes a combination of counseling, group support and FDA approved tobacco cessation medications.

A start-up supply of nicotine patches, gum or lozenges will be provided for free to those who enroll in the program.

Participants will learn about medically approved methods of quitting, the proper use of medications, relaxation and stress reduction techniques, and how to cope with cravings without smoking. TFT alumni who have quit smoking have also been invited to celebrate their past success and to share their quit stories with newcomers to the group.

Individual coaching sessions that meet during the day with a certified smoking cessation counselor are also an option. This program is free and open to all Meriden residents. For more information, or to RSVP for Tobacco Free Tuesdays, please call Geralyn Laut at (203) 630-4003 or e-mail glaut@meridenct.gov.

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