Jan 28
Free Community Seminar To Help Smoking Quitters

People wanting to give up smoking and their supporters are invited to a community seminar on Tuesday 25 February at Bathurst RSL to receive information and advice on how to quit.

“Smoking – The Facts & Tips for Quitting” seminar will be presented by Tobacco Treatment Specialist Sally Bembrick, Nicotine Dependence & Smoking Cessation Project Officer,  Western NSW Local Health District.

“There are so many fallacies about smoking and the best ways to quit smoking, and this seminar aims to lay it all on the line so those attending can become better informed,” Ms Bembrick said.

“People will learn about their own level of dependence, and the differences between physical addiction to nicotine and psychological dependence on smoking”.

People wanting to give up smoking, those supporting someone to quit and anyone with an interest in nicotine addiction are encouraged to attend the seminar.

“It’s important that everyone has a good understanding of nicotine addiction and the challenges faced by those trying to quit smoking. Every smoker is different and it is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to treating and supporting smokers,” Ms Bembrick said.

The seminar covers a range of topics that include the immediate benefits of quitting, whether cutting down actually works, medications for quitting and how to use them correctly, facts and fallacies associated with nicotine dependence and quitting.

“I will also provide information on how to avoid or minimise withdrawals symptoms and tips on how to prevent a relapse”.

There will be an opportunity for questions and answers during the seminar and those in attendance will also have the opportunity to register for a free 8-10 week Quit Program starting on 3 March (numbers limited).

The seminar will be held on Tuesday, 25 February from 7-9 pm, Bathurst RSL Club, Rankin Street, Bathurst. Bookings aren’t necessary but to assist with seating arrangements people interested in attending should contact Bathurst RSL on 6333 2999. Registrations and more details are also available by phoning Sally Bembrick on 6339 5018.

Media Contact: Vanessa Delaney 6369 3833 or 0417 511 738