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Health Dept., Centegra offer quit smoking classes

CRYSTAL LAKE— McHenry County Department of Health and Centegra will offer quit smoking classes for adults in March.

The seven-week class will be held on Wednesdays beginning March 12, from 6 p.m. -7:30 p.m., at Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Center, 200 E Congress Parkway, in Crystal Lake.

A $25 course fee, payable at the first class, is refundable if all sessions are attended. Class members will also receive a free 3-day pass to Centegra’s Health Bridge Fitness Center.

Classes will teach practical ways to end nicotine addiction through group support and behavior modification.  It will also review nicotine replacement products that are currently on the market.

Instruction is provided by MCDH staff that is trained in the American Lung Association’s "Freedom From Smoking" program. This program has helped tens of thousands of smokers quit over the last 30 years.

MCDH officials said between 70 -75 percent of class participants have quit smoking by the end of the program, when used in combination with smoking cessation medication.  Quitting smoking can add up to measurable savings - $2,500 a year for those who smoke one-pack a day as well as the money saved on healthcare costs. 

For more information, and to register, call 1-877-CENTEGRA, or visit http://www.mcdh.info.  To speak with a counselor immediately, call the Illinois Tobacco Quitline at 1-866-QUIT-YES. 

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