“This program is highly structured, offering a systematic approach to quitting, and focuses on behavioral change for long-term success,” said Larry Didier, Tobacco Programs Coordinator for the Winnebago County Health Department. To reduce problems associated with nicotine addiction, the program offers very low-cost (based on ability to pay) nicotine replacement products such as patches, gums and lozenges. These products complement the behavioral goals of the program, and focusing on both is essential for long-term success in quitting.
A registration fee of $35 is requested, but is not required from those who cannot pay. If a participant quits smoking by the end of the seven classes, their $35 will be returned to them. “Hundreds have participated in the program, and more than two-thirds of them report being tobacco-free after completing the program,” added Didier. “The support participants receive from one another in the class is a primary key of their success in quitting smoking.” To register, or to request more information, call the Tobacco Programs Coordinator at (815) 720-4269. Financial support for the program comes from a grant from the Illinois Department of Public Health.