Program begins January 17; participants must attend informational session this evening.
Just in time for New Year's resolutions, the City of Providence's Healthy Communities Office has teamed up with the Tri-Town Community Action Agency, the Rhode Island Department of Health and the Urban League of Rhode Island to offer free smoking cessation classes and nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) to uninsured residents from across Providence and Rhode Island.
The free weekly classes will take place on Thursdays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm beginning on January 17. All sessions will be held at the Urban League of Rhode Island, located at 246 Prairie Avenue. Classes will be offered in both English and Spanish.
Eligible participants will receive free NRT, in either patch or gum form, during the second week of the program.
"I encourage all Providence residents who are considering quitting smoking to take the first step by signing up for the free classes offered by the City and our partners this New Year," said Mayor Angel Taveras. "Together we can build a healthy, smoke-free community."
To sign up for the program, interested participants must attend an informational session this evening, Tuesday, January 8 at 5pm at the Urban League of Rhode Island or call the Tri-Town Community Action Agency to register at 401-519-1970. Spanish speakers can receive more information about the program at 401-421-7740 ext. 505.
Studies have found that smokers who participate in group smoking cessation counseling accompanied by NRT are more likely to successfully quit smoking than those who do not combine the two methods.
Since 2010, the City of Providence has worked with the Rhode Island Department of Health and other partners to provide smoking cessation services to more than 400 Providence residents.
All Rhode Islanders who need support to quit smoking are urged to call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.