'Learn to Quit' program starting

Griffin Hospital is helping members of the community quit smoking in 2014 by offering free smoking cessation programs.

“That’s It — Learn to Quit” teaches a variety of methods to help individuals quit smoking. The program consists of weekly meetings for five weeks. Upcoming sessions are Jan. 15, March 4, April 16 and June 3.

“The goal of the program is to help you learn how to quit,” said Carrie O’Malley, a nurse who is a co-coordinator of the program. “There are different methods of quitting and managing nicotine withdrawal. If one method didn’t work for you in the past we’ll help you understand all your options.”

Through group discussion and interactive activities, participants learn how to develop a plan to quit that addresses their personal behaviors and habit. Strategies to manage nicotine withdrawal, behaviors, triggers, urges are all discussed as well as weight control and stress management.

To register, call O’Malley at 203-732-1261.