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Celebrating a Decade of Success: ’I Can Quit‘ Smoking Cessation Programme Marks 10th Anniversary

Front Pages 30 May, 2024 Follow News

Therese Burrell Prehay, Health Promotion Officer of the Public Health Department, with Virgil Ebanks, one of the countless individuals the ‘I Can Quit’ programme has helped to overcome tobacco addiction and embrace a healthier lifestyle.

The Public Health Department proudly announces the commemoration of the 10th year anniversary of its esteemed smoking cessation programme, ‘I Can Quit’, which commences on 5th June 2024. This class will continue the programme’s tradition of providing comprehensive support and resources to those seeking to break free from the grips of smoking, free of cost.

Since its inception, ‘I Can Quit’ has been a beacon of hope for countless individuals striving to overcome their tobacco addiction and embrace healthier lifestyles.

“‘I Can Quit’ has been instrumental in transforming lives, empowering participants to reclaim control over their health and well-being. Through a combination of a carefully designed educational curriculum, counselling, and group support, the programme has consistently achieved remarkable success rates in helping individuals quit smoking for good,” said Dr Samuel Williams-Rodriguez, Director of Primary Healthcare Services/ Acting Medical Officer of Health.

He added, “Over the past decade, ‘I Can Quit’ has evolved to meet the changing needs of over 100 participants, incorporating the latest evidence-based strategies and innovations in smoking cessation. From group sessions to personalised coaching and smoking cessation aids, the programme offers a range of options tailored to suit diverse preferences and circumstances.”

“We are immensely proud to celebrate the 10th anniversary of ‘I Can Quit’,” said Therese Burrell Prehay, Health Promotion Officer of the Public Health Department. “This milestone is a testament to the dedication and resilience of our participants, as well as the unwavering commitment of our team. Together, we have made a tangible difference in the lives of so many individuals, empowering them to embrace healthier habits and live life to the fullest.”

She continued, “As the world continues to prioritise health and wellness, ‘I Can Quit’ remains steadfast in its mission to support individuals on their journey towards a smoke-free future. The upcoming programme will serve as an opportunity to reflect and celebrate on past achievements while also charting a course for continued success in the years to come.”

The ‘I Can Quit’ sessions are held twice annually in February and June, with classes every Wednesday for seven weeks from 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in the Hibiscus Conference Room at the George Town Hospital. This programme is free and open to all members of the public, particularly smokers. Families and individuals who are non-smokers but who wish to learn how they can help and support friends and loved ones in living tobacco-free are also encouraged to attend.

Persons interested in quitting smoking or helping their loved ones quit smoking can register by calling 244-2889 or 244-2621. The first session begins 5 June 2024. The registration deadline is 31 May 2024.

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