Chatham County Public Health Department restarts QuitSmart virtual classes to help residents quit smoking

Pittsboro, NC – The Chatham County Public Health Department (CCPHD) will offer the QuitSmart program this fall to help Chatham County residents quit smoking.

Tobacco use is “the leading preventable cause of death and disease in the United States”, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with approximately 480,000 Americans dying each year from tobacco-related diseases, and more than 16 million of Americans suffering from at least one disease caused by smoking. Use of tobacco products such as cigarettes, vapes/e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco such as chewing gum or dip, cigars and pipes can contribute to cancer, heart disease, stroke, to lung disease, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and increases the risk of tuberculosis, certain eye diseases, and immune system problems, including rheumatoid arthritis.

According to the 2021 Chatham County Community Assessment, 1 in 9 adults in Chatham County report using any tobacco product (11.2%), the most common being cigarettes (8.2%), followed by cigars (1.9%) and vapes/electronic cigarettes. (1.1%).

Free virtual classes will begin with an information session on October 6e, followed by three meetings. All sessions will be virtual and led by a nationally trained and certified instructor. Participants will also receive:

  • 2 weeks of nicotine replacement patches
  • QuitSmart Materials
  • Support from other participants
  • Personalized pre-quit and 12-week quit plan

All sessions take place on Zoom from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on:

  • Thursday, October 6
  • Thursday October 13
  • Thursday October 27
  • Thursday, November 3rd

Those with questions or wishing to register for the course should email Anna Stormzand, Program Manager, at or call the CCPHD office at (919) 542-8271 and let them know you want to enroll in October’s QuitSmart classes. They can also learn more here. The deadline for registration is Wednesday, October 5.

To learn more about the Chatham County Public Health Department, visit chathamcountync.gov/publichealth and facebook.com/chathamhealth. More data on tobacco use in Chatham County and other health topics can be found in the recent Chatham County 2021 Community Assessment at chathamcountync.gov/healthreports.

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