October 27, 2016

Clermont County Public Health wants to help you quit

Public Health Commissioner Julianne Nesbit.

Public Health Commissioner Julianne Nesbit.

BATAVIA, Ohio (Oct. 27) –  In preparation for the Great American Smokeout, Clermont County Public Health is hosting a free tobacco cessation presentation from noon-1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14. The class will be held at the Clermont County Engineer’s conference room at 2381 Clermont Center Drive in Batavia.

The Great American Smokeout is held each year on the third Thursday of November and is sponsored by the American Cancer Society. The goal of the nationwide event is to encourage tobacco users to make a plan to quit, or quit that day. This year, it will take place on Nov. 17.

Approximately 27 percent of Clermont County residents are tobacco users, which is higher than both the statewide rate of 23 percent, and the national rate of 20 percent. “Tobacco use is one of our top health concerns in Clermont County,” said Health Commissioner Julianne Nesbit. “We would like to see our smoking rate reduced to more closely match the national average.”

To help smokers and smokeless tobacco users prepare to quit, a certified tobacco cessation specialist will present the risks and costs associated with tobacco use, present different ways of quitting, and how to stay tobacco free.

“This is an introduction into our more in-depth tobacco cessation counseling,” said Nesbit. “Hopefully some that attend the class will decide to sign up for our individualized counseling, where they can work more closely with a specialist to help develop a plan for quitting.”

Additional information on tobacco cessation counseling can be found on Clermont County Public Health’s website at www.ccphohio.org.