TUPELO - North Mississippi Medical Center will host a free smoking cessation class for individuals who are trying to stop smoking or using other tobacco products starting Oct. 14.

The class will meet at 5:30 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 14-Nov. 25, in Room 21 of NMMC’s East Tower at the main hospital in Tupelo.

The first session involves discussion of health history, habits and smoking patterns. A baseline measurement of each participant’s carbon monoxide level will be done at the first session and monitored weekly for progress.

The class focuses on planning ahead, weaning off tobacco and setting short-term goals. The class cannot provide nicotine replacement products or prescriptions for class participants, but they are encouraged to talk with their health care provider about what would work best for them.

Class instructors also follow up with class participants for one year following the class to offer encouragement. To register, call (662) 377-5787 or (800) 843-3375. Class size is limited.

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