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UGA's College of Pharmacy Holding 'Beat the Pack' Classes to Help Smokers Quit

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The University of Georgia's College of Pharmacy is once again reaching out to those who want to kick the habit. After a successful fall session, pharmacy students are taking part in a Beat the Pack Tobacco Cessation Program this spring. During the six-week course, the trained students group activities and individual coaching. Classes will be held Thursdays from 5:45 to 7 pm beginning January 25th. Professor Kay Brooks is the lead instructor.

“You’re always more successful in a group than by yourself,” according to Brooks.  “What the programs offer is an opportunity to have coaches who are knowledgeable about the cessation program, but can also offer you information or maybe some directions that you hadn’t thought about before and some support as well.”

Registration is now open for members of the UGA community and others. The classes are free, but Brooks says those taking part are asked to commit to as many sessions as possible.

The classes will be held at the College of Pharmacy. To register, contact Monica Williams at 706-542-3893 or email monicaw@uga.edu.

According to the CDC, tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability and death in the United States. Nearly 40 million Americans still smoke.

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