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For Immediate Release
December 06, 2013

IPFW Programs Offer Help to Smokers Who Want to Quit

Key Info

  • Freedom from Smoking Classes meet once a week for seven weeks, January 15–February 26, 5:30-7 p.m., Walb Union, Room G 21
  • Tobacco-Free Support Group meets on the third Thursday of the month, January 16–May, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Walb Union, Room G 21
  • Both are free and open to the public

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Would you like to quit smoking, but just don’t know where to start? Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) is offering two programs designed to assist people on the difficult journey to becoming a non-smoker. Natalie McLaughlin, an RN from Parkview Hospital Community Nursing Program, will instruct a Freedom from Smoking program and lead the tobacco-free support group.

Freedom from Smoking classes will meet once a week for seven weeks, beginning Wednesday, January 15, continuing through Wednesday, February 26 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Walb Union, Room G21. The tobacco free-support group will meet on the third Thursday of each month. Dates for the support group include January 16, February 20, March 20, April 17, and May 15. The group will meet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Walb Union, Room G 21. Both the class and the support group are free and open to the public.

The first three courses in Freedom from Smoking offer techniques to prepare people for quitting; the last three focus on how to live tobacco-free.

  • January 15: “Information Night for All: Thinking About Quitting”
  • January 22: “On the Road to Freedom: Relaxation and More”
  • January 29: “Wanting to Quit”
  • February 5: “Quit Day”
  • February 12: “Winning Strategies”
  • February 19: “The New You”February 26: “Staying Off”

The program will teach participants how to live a tobacco-free life, including how to make a plan of action to quit, utilize relaxation techniques, and handle triggers and cravings.

Upon registration, participants will receive a free workbook and relaxation CD. To enroll, contact Judy Tillapaugh, IPFW health and wellness coordinator, at 260-481-6647 or tillapau@ipfw.edu.

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.

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