Free classes help residents quit smoking

Victoria County is a recipient of a state grant to provide healthcare services for residents of Victoria County. Texas Area Health Education Center (AHEC) East-Victoria, which is housed at Victoria College, is subcontracting from the County to provide these services. Smoking cessation classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 30.

“The classes will give smokers the support system they need to help them quit. It will also give them certain skills to be able to avoid the urge to smoke”, said instructor Paula Crawford. “In addition, if a person would like medication to help them quit smoking, it is available at no cost.”

Twenty-five percent of Victoria County residents are smokers, according to data from the Department of State Health Services. Smoking can be an expensive habit. On average a pack of cigarettes can run as high as $6 per pack, not to mention the health risks they pose to consumers.

Now there is help for people who want to quit smoking.

The grant provides for other healthcare services for Victoria County residents, such as pneumonia/flu immunizations, nutrition classes, diabetes prevention and self-management classes and community-wide physical activity programs at no cost. Some services are primarily for persons who are age 65 and older, uninsured, underinsured or regarded as “high risk” due to certain health conditions.

To arrange a time that best fits your schedule, contact Paula Crawford at (361) 485-6813 or DeAnna Alvarez at (361) 485-6814.

Published: Thursday, 24 September 2015

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