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News Release

For Immediate Release:  August 24, 2020

Contact Person: Diane Lee, PIO, 301-334-7689

New Round of Quit Now Classes Begin September 4th and September 30th

By Diane Lee, Public Information Officer, Garrett County Health Department

The Garrett County Health Department has scheduled two upcoming Quit Now classes, a free class for help quitting nicotine. The first will begin September 2nd at 5:30 pm at the Accident Fire Hall and the second will begin September 30th at 5:30 pm at the Garrett County Health Department’s Oakland Office. The classes are open to users of all types of tobacco, including cigarettes, smokeless, and electronic smoking devices.

Throughout the course of the six-week class, participants will receive a number of resources to help them change their habits including a notebook with many tools, group support from others who are also trying to quit, and free cessation aids in the form of nicotine patches, nicotine gum or lozenges, or one of the prescription drugs, Zyban or Chantix.

“I am excited to get this class started and help as many people as possible along their journey toward freedom from nicotine addiction,” said Sharon Custer, who is a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist at the Garrett County Health Department. “We have changed things a bit with our cessation classes, so if you’ve joined us before, come again and see what’s new. For those who just aren’t able to attend a group class, we are able to arrange individual sessions when necessary.”

Participants also have access to the Maryland Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW, which gives them access to a “Quitting Coach” for help seven days a week.  Anyone from the general public can use the hotline as well.

Additional classes are scheduled to begin in various locations around the county in early 2021.

For more information about the upcoming class or to register, contact the Garrett County Health Department at 301-334 7730 or 301-895-3111. The classes, cessation aids, and Maryland Tobacco Quitline are funded by the Maryland Cigarette Restitution Fund Program.