Health district to offer tobacco cessation classes

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TWIN FALLS — Free classes will soon be available to help those who are trying to stop smoking.

The South Central Public Health District will begin offering classes April 5 in Twin Falls, and April 24 in Hailey.

“Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death and disease today in the United States,” Health Education Specialist Cody Orchards said in a statement. “… Our classes are specifically designed to help those who wish to get rid of their tobacco addiction and take back control of their health.”

More than 440,000 people die each year from smoking or from exposure to secondhand smoke, the Centers for Disease Control reports. And 8.6 million people have a serious illness resulting from smoking or smokeless tobacco.

The adult tobacco cessation program will include Freedom From Smoking classes at no cost at the following locations:

Twin Falls — Wellness Tree, 173 Martin St. — 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, April 5 through May 3 and May 10 through June 7

Twin Falls — Health district office on College of Southern Idaho campus, 1020 Washington St. N. — 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, April 6 through May 4 and May 11 through June 8

Hailey — St. Luke’s Wood River Clinic’s Carbonate Room, 1450 Aviation Drive — 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays, April 24 through May 22

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