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VCC Offers Smoking Cessation Workshop to Patients

For VCC patients who want to quit smoking, help is on the way!

Beginning March 1, VCC will offer an eight-part workshop for patients who want to break free of the nicotine habit.  The curriculum is based on American Lung Association’s Freedom from Smoking, a program credited with helping more than one million Americans quit smoking.

Classes begin March 1 at VCC: Vale Terrace, 1000 Vale Terrace Drive in Vista. The workshop is free and open to VCC patients 18 or older. Each class is two hours long.

Topics include:

  • Physical, mental and social aspects of addiction to nicotine
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Medications that can help you quit smoking
  • Stress reduction
  • Developing a new self image
  • Strategies to stay smoke-free for life

Carolina Ramirez, a licensed clinical social worker at VCC, is one of the instructors.

“Most smokers think twice about quitting because they think smoking helps them relax,” Ramirez said. “It is a myth. In reality, smoking actually leads to higher levels of anxiety and could even contribute to developing symptoms of depression. “

Along with reducing an individual’s risk for heart disease, lung and other types of cancer, respiratory disease and infertility among women of child bearing age, smoking cessation contributes to psychological well being, Ramirez said. Benefits  include:

  • Reduced depression
  • Lower levels of anxiety
  • Improved positive mood and quality of life

Freedom from Smoking is offered by the Tobacco Control program at VCC. To register, call 760.631.5000 x7153.

For more information on strategies to quit smoking, go to

Freedom from Smoking class schedule
Meeting time: 5:30-7:30pm
Location: VCC: Vale Terrace, 1000 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista
Class dates: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 24 & 29; April 5 & 12