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2013 Resolution: Stop Smoking Classes in Redwood City, Daly City, San Mateo

The classes are being offered by the nonprofit Breathe California, Golden Gate Health Partnership based in Daly City.

Attention tobacco smokers who think about quitting each New Year:

Free smoking cessation classes will be available for San Mateo County residents in January.

The classes are being offered in Redwood City, Daly City and San Mateo by the nonprofit Breathe California, Golden Gate Health Partnership based in Daly City.

Pre-registration for the classes is required and participants must be 18 or older, Ayse Gursoz of Breathe California said.

To encourage pre-registration, the nonprofit is not disclosing the location of the classes.

"We don't want people to just show up," Gursoz said Wednesday in a phone interview. "We want them to register for the classes in advance."

Breathe California released the following schedule info:

Redwood City

6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays - Jan. 16 to Feb. 13.

Daly City

10:30 a.m. to 12 noon Saturdays - Jan. 12 to Feb. 9.

San Mateo

6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays - Jan. 29 to Feb. 26.

Each class involves six 1.5-hour sessions led by a trained facilitator.

The classes are called "Ash Kickers" and Breathe California representatives tout the program as effective because it includes multiple strategies such as nicotine replacement therapy, behavior modification, and peer support, according to Gursoz.

The program is free for those who live, work, or attend school in San Mateo County, according to Breathe California.

Breathe California is dedicated to fighting lung disease, advocating for clean air, and promoting public health. For more information call (650) 994-5868, or visit www.ggbreathe.org or www.lungsrus.org.

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JB Davis (Editor) December 19, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Here is how I quit cigarettes. Every time I was at the breaking point I would set a timer for 10 minutes. When the timer went off, if I was still in the midst of a serious craving, I'd have a cigarette. The cravings were always gone. Other tips form an ex-smoker are to give up alcohol and coffee while you are quitting. And always remember, you aren't mad at whatever is annoying you while you are quitting.

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