Class for quitting smoking

MOUNT DESERT — Healthy Acadia will offer a free Freshstart tobacco cessation class beginning Friday, Feb. 15 at the Northeast Harbor Library. Sessions will meet on Fridays from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. for four weeks.

The Freshstart program, developed by the American Cancer Society, is designed to help smokers plan a successful quit attempt by providing essential information, skills for coping with cravings, and group support.

“Whether you use cigarettes, vape products, smokeless tobacco, or are tobacco-free and want to support a friend or loved one as they quit their habit, you are welcome to participate in this free program,” organizers said.

Freshstart combines the most up-to-date methods for tobacco cessation support into face-to-face group support sessions. Program participants choose a combination of techniques and cessation treatments they will use in their quit attempt.

The evidence-based Freshstart approach will help participants increase their motivation to quit, learn effective approaches for quitting, and guide them in making a successful quit attempt through information, activities, group support and discussion.

All participants will receive a participant guide at their first session to use throughout the program and for personal review outside of class. Freshstart participants can expect group support from other program participants, the opportunity to learn from past quit attempts, and gain new techniques to incorporate into their future quit attempt.

Healthy Acadia’s tobacco cessation program offerings are made possible through a grant from the Maine Cancer Foundation. Maine Cancer Foundation’s grant is offered as part of their ongoing Challenge Cancer 2020 initiative, aimed at reducing cancer incidence and mortality 20 percent by 2020. It has awarded nearly $6 million since 2015 in support of this initiative, focused on prevention, early detection and screening, and access to care for all Mainers.

To learn more about Maine Cancer Foundation, visit, or contact Kristen Smith at [email protected] or 773-2533.

To learn more about the Freshstart class, contact Tara Young at 667-7171 or [email protected].

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