Smoking Cessation Classes Available for Healthy Start Moms

Is there a smoker in your household? Take action and give your baby a healthy start!

Moms who smoke or who have family members who smoke can sign up for Quit Smoking Now, an evidence-based smoking cessation program offered by Northeast Florida Area Health Education Center (AHEC). It is a six-week program that provides you with the support, guidance and resources to help you quit.

Pregnant mothers who smoke are at risk for delivering low birth weight babies. Infants who are exposed are at risk for a sleep-related death. Smoke that can harm the baby doesn’t always come from the mother either — second- and third-hand smoke from family members can have an adverse affect too.

Quit Smoking Now is always free to participants and you don’t have to be 100 percent ready to quit — the program welcomes anyone who is interested in quitting. It’s a program developed by an ex-smoker for people who want to be ex-smokers.

The program is led by a trained facilitator, who will guide you through the many issues related to quitting smoking, including managing stress, how to prevent relapse and identifying smoking/tobacco triggers.

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