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Fresh start program to help smokers

 From Staff Reports

 The American Cancer Society is hosting a free program in conjunction with Campus Wellness for VSU faculty, staff, and students to offer group support for smoking cessation.
 The Fresh Start program will consist of four classes, which meet once a week. The classes start on Sept. 27 and will be at 1 p.m. in the Student Union Conference Room 1.
 The other second session will be on Oct. 4. The third session will be on Oct. 11. The final session will be on Oct. 14. Each of these sessions will also be in the Student Union Conference Room 1 at 1 p.m.
 The program is open to anyone who wants to quit smoking, whether they have tried before or not.  It is designed to help participants stop smoking in two weeks, according to the American Cancer Society’s pamphlet.
 Each session will be lead by a trained facilitator.
 This person will keep track of the number of cigarettes smoked by each participant prior to each session, according to the programs website.
 According to the website, the program aims to help smokers understand how the habit affects them and those around them. It will help participants learn how to stay away from cigarettes during the first few days after quitting.
 The program will offer group support for those who wish to quit smoking. The program will address the physical struggles and benefits of quitting.
 It will guide participants through the obstacles  they’ll encounter while quitting and the best way to get over those obstacles.
 Participants are allowed to bring lunch to the meetings.
 For more information or to sign up for the program, visit www. Valdosta.edu/finadmin/wellness.
 Campus Wellness also offers programs and events for weight loss and healthy living.

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