“This program we offer is low-cost, based on participants’ ability to pay, and supported largely by a grant from the Illinois Department of Public Health,” said Larry Didier, WCHD’s Tobacco Programs Coordinator. He continued by noting that, “If a person can stay with the program for the seven weeks, and follow through on the program’s elements, chances of being able to quit are about 70%, based on earlier classes and their results.”
Didier added that, “The support participants receive from one another is a primary key to their success in quitting smoking. We know that approximately one of every five deaths in the U.S. is the result of chronic smoking, be it
from heart disease, lung cancer or emphysema, or several other smoking-caused diseases. Recently the number
of smokers in the U.S. has declined, and so, too, have the numbers of deaths. But it’s still the number one cause of preventable death in our country – we must make even more progress in reducing our number one killer.”
To register for the class, or to request more information, call the Tobacco Programs Coordinator at (815) 720-4269. If people are unable to attend the Wednesday evening classes, they may wish to receive individual counseling from WCHD’s Tobacco Programs Coordinator, or they can call Illinois’ Tobacco Quitline for individualized, confidential assistance by phone. The Quitline’s toll-free number is: 1-866-QUIT-YES (1-866-784-8937).