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UGA's 'Beat the Pack' Classes to Help Smokers Quit

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Smokers in the UGA and Athens communities are getting some help in kicking the habit. After a successful fall session, students at the College of Pharmacy are offering another “Beat the Pack” tobacco cessation program. Professor Kay Brooks is the lead instructor.

“We have educational topics that we cover about tobacco every week, as well as activities for our participants to work through with the coaches,” Brooks said. “ To kind of get a better idea of why they smoke and why quitting is important them, and to practice some self-management techniques.”

Students will provide group programming, individual coaching, and personalized plans for attendees. The program is free, but Brooks says commitment to classes is key.

“It’s open to all UGA employees, faculty, staff as well as students and the community at large, so anybody is welcome to participate in the program. The one thing them is to review the dates, make sure they can attend as many classes as they can. The more classes they can participate in, typically the better success rate".

The classes start tomorrow evening; they take place on Thursdays from 5:45 to 7 pm at the College of Pharmacy. Contact Monica Williams at 706-542-3893 for more information.

Though smoking rates are on the decline, the CDC estimates nearly 40 million Americans still smoke.

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