2006-11-30 / About Town

Library program tackles the smoking habit

The Friends of Jamestown Library and the Jamestown Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force will host a program to help participants learn the facts they need to help them quit the smoking habit.

The event will be held Monday, Dec. 4, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Jamestown library's museum room.

Three professionals will provide the information at this lively meeting. They are Robert Rodgers, PhD, professor of biomedical sciences at the University of Rhode Island; Laura Hosley, MS, co-ordinator, Jamestown

Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force, manager of Prevention and Cessation Services, RI Student Assistance Services; and Tim Baker, president of Baker's Pharmacy.

This is a presentation for people who think they want to quit smoking for a New Year's resolution, or for people who want to help someone else quit smoking. The program will discuss what smoking is actually doing to people's bodies, help participants figure out how dependent a person becomes to nicotine, how ready smokers are to quit, and what kind of assistance they need. Finally, the types of medications that are available to help smokers will be discussed by Pharmacist Tim Baker. There will be time for questions and discussion.

The program is free and open to the public.

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