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For Immediate Release
September 13, 2013

Freedom From Smoking Class Offered at IPFW

Key Info

  • Classes meet once a week starting Wednesday, September 18–Wednesday October 30, 5:30-7 p.m. in Walb Union, Room G21
  • Instructed by Natalie McLaughlin, RN, Parkview Hospital Community Nursing Program
  • Free and open to the public
    To enroll, contact Judy Tillapaugh at or 260-481-6647

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Would you like to quit smoking, but just don’t know where to start? IPFW is offering a program designed to assist people on the difficult journey to become a non-smoker. Natalie McLaughlin, who is an RN from Parkview Hospital Community Nursing Program, will instruct Freedom From Smoking. Classes will meet once a week for seven weeks, beginning Wednesday, September 18, continuing through Wednesday, October 30, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Walb Student Union, Room G21. The class is free and open to the public.

The first three courses offer techniques to prepare people for quitting. The last three focus on how to live tobacco-free.

  • September 18: “Information Night for All: Thinking About Quitting”
  • September 25: “On the Road to Freedom: Relaxation and More”
  • October 2: “Wanting to Quit”
  • October 9: “Quit Day”
  • October 16: “Winning Strategies”
  • October 23: “The New You”
  • October 30: “Staying Off”

During the sessions, participants will:

  • Learn about their tobacco habit and how to make a plan of action to quit, including a “stop smoking” date
  • Learn how to utilize relaxation techniques
  • Learn how to handle triggers and cravings with medical and non-medical options

Most importantly, the program will teach participants how to live a tobacco-free life. Upon registration, participants will receive a free workbook and relaxation CD. To enroll, email Judy Tillapaugh, IPFW health and wellness coordinator, at or call 260-481-6647.

Additional tobacco cessation assistance is available at the IPFW Center for Healthy Living: Campus Clinic and Wellness Programs. To set an appointment, call Heather Krull at 260-481-5748.

Freedom From Smoking is sponsored by the IPFW Center for Healthy Living: Campus Clinic ad Wellness Programs, Parkview Live, and Parkview Hospital Community Nursing Program. Freedom From Smoking is registered trademark of the American Lung Association.