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Tobacco cessation resources for Ohio University employees in 2016

Ohio University is committed to providing resources for its faculty and staff members and their families who resolve to quit tobacco use in 2016.

Ohio University’s Employee Assistance Program includes trained Tobacco Quit Specialists who can provide individualized cessation counseling support over a series of phone appointments through Ohio University’s Confidential Impact Solutions Employee Assistance and Work/Life Program. Up to six phone counseling sessions are provided per year per individual. The number of phone counseling sessions and the coaching is tailored to specific needs. This support is available to the employee, anyone in the employee’s household, dependents living in or away from home, parents of the employee and parents-in-law of the employee. To request a Quit Specialist, call 1-800-227-6007. 

IMPACT Solutions also offers online cessation support on its website, www.myimpactsolution.com. Within its Quit Center, an interactive online assessment tool is available that can help an individual develop a personalized quit plan. The online Quit Center also has many informative links on tobacco cessation. For information about the member login username to access online cessation support at myimpactsolution.com, contact University Human Resources at 740-593-1636. 

WellWorks will have informational handouts available for those who need information about the telephone coaching or web resources provided by Ohio University through IMPACT Solutions. 

In the Athens community, O’Bleness Hospital offers free tobacco cessation classes on a quarterly basis. The course, instructed by Kara Walker, meets for six weeks and is based on the American Cancer Society’s Fresh Start Curriculum. The first class of the year meets on Tuesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. beginning Jan. 26 and ending in March. Those interested are asked to register by phone at 740-592-9268.  

This article was provided by the Ohio University Tobacco-Free Task Force.