Quitting smoking is difficult, but getting help doesn’t have to be. Free counseling in smoking cessation is available every Monday, beginning Aug. 9.
Individual and group counseling sessions are part of STOP - Stopping Tobacco by Organizing Peers - a community program established and run by students at Wake Forest School of Medicine.
The meetings are open to all adults. Those who are interested must call 336-701-5864 to schedule a session.
In addition to guidance provided by smoking-cessation coaches and support from others who are trying to quit the habit, STOP participants can receive over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy products (patches, gum, lozenges) free of charge.
Sessions will be held each Monday at Highland Avenue Primary Care Clinic, located at 650 N. Highland Ave., Suite 120 in Winston-Salem. Group sessions will start at 6 p.m. and last between 45 and 60 minutes. Individual counseling sessions will be scheduled between 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Additional information about the STOP program is available by calling 336-701-5864.
The STOP sessions are held in conjunction with the weekly DEAC (Delivering Equal Access to Care) Clinic, a student-run, physician-staffed free clinic for people who do not have health insurance and do not qualify for government assistance. Individuals do not have to be DEAC patients to join the STOP program.
Detailed information about the DEAC clinic can be obtained by calling 336-716-3322.