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Do You Want to be a Quitter? Get Help to Stop Smoking!

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Nobody wants to be a quitter but in some cases, it's actually a good thing!  The Tri-Cities Cancer Center is one of the only centers in the region to offer free tobacco cessation classes.

State lawmakers recently slashed the budget for the 1-800-Quit-Now (1-800-784-8669) line and it no longer offers counseling services after the first call; that's where the classes step in.

Quitters also get their choice of free nicotine gum, patches, or a $40 coupon toward an electronic cigarette!

"As soon as you quit smoking, literally within minutes your body starts repairing itself," says Tri-Cities Cancer Center Community Educator Cindy Miller.  "If you smoked for years it doesn't mean that you can completely remove all the damage that's been done."

Classes are typically offered twice a month to about 10 people per class.

To learn more about the tobacco cessation classes or to sign up for one, click here or call (509) 737-3427.