Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - The Olmsted County Public Health Service has launched a new program designed to “spread the word” about resources available to help people quit smoking.

The effort is being funded by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Health as part of a statewide campaign to increase awareness and help people find the assistance they need.

“OCPHS is working alongside local and state partners to increase the awareness of all the tobacco cessation resources that have been put into place to help tobacco users kick the habit,” said Karen Schaar, Making It Better Public Health Educator. “We know the addiction is strong and a user’s motivation and success to quit varies from person to person. We saw the need to bring awareness of local face-to-face services and statewide phone services to our community.”

One of the programs being highlighted is the Smoking Cessation Clinic at the Rochester Salvation Army’s Good Samaritan Clinic in Rochester. It offers free assistance to residents to people wanting to end their smoking habit or use of nicotine.The clinic is operated by Mayo medical students and utilizes both one-on-one counseling and free medications that have proven successful in helping people seeking to “kick the habit.”

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