Do you want to quit smoking but just don’t know where to begin? Health First has the tools to help you successfully kick the nicotine habit.

In conjunction with the Central Florida Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) and the Florida Department of Health, Health First offers free five-week “Quit Smoking Now” programs at three of the community health care system’s hospitals. It’s part of the Health First Gives Back initiative – community benefits designed to improve the wellness and health of Brevard. Classes are held once a week.

Programs offer education on the health effects of tobacco use, as well as information on the benefits of quitting and what to expect when doing so. A Tobacco Cessation Specialist, or trained facilitator, guides participants to help them identify and cope with triggers and withdrawal symptoms. Free nicotine replacement patches, gum and lozenges are also available, while supplies last.

Classes are held at Health First’s Cape Canaveral Hospital, Health First’s Holmes Regional Medical Center and Health First’s Palm Bay Hospital. Schedules can be found at HF.org/events.

“Quit Smoking Now” tackles topics to help you be successful in your journey to better health. These include:

  • Addiction, withdrawal and medications that can help you permanently put down cigarettes
  • Why it’s important to select a quit date and plan for it
  • How to ward off smoking triggers
  • Ways to beat cravings
  • How to avoid relapsing

The program provides support from other participants who are also trying to quit smoking.

For more information, visit HF.org/events or call 877.252.6094.