QuitCore program helps local residents quit tobacco

Free, six-week AHS workshop comes to Rimbey this month

Local residents wishing to kick their tobacco habits can access the tools and support needed to build a tobacco-free lifestyle when QuitCore, a free Alberta Health Services (AHS) tobacco-cessation program, comes to the community next month.

Led by trained cessation professionals, in partnership with the Wolf Creek Primary Care Network, the QuitCore program teaches tobacco users how to develop a plan to quit while providing strategies to address recovery symptoms, manage stress and, ultimately, prevent relapse. The program also connects participants with others trying to quit. Rimbey’s QuitCore program will be offered from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays from Sept. 26 to Nov. 7 in the auditorium of the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre, 5228 50 Ave. There will be no class Oct. 31.

Phone toll-free 1-866-710-QUIT (7848) to register.

Tobacco is the leading preventable cause of disease, disability and premature death in Alberta, causing more than 3,000 deaths each year across the province. Many more Albertans suffer from tobacco-related illnesses.

AHS offers various programs and services to help Albertans quit tobacco, including telephone and online support services, one-on-one counselling and group cessation programs such as QuitCore, which launched in 2008. The program is now available in more than 20 communities across the province.

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than 3.9 million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.