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By Audrey Stasko, Public Information Specialist

March 04, 2019

What better time to kick the habit of smoking tobacco than spring? Just as with your least favorite spring cleaning chores, you’re going to want some help.

Get free tools and resources at two Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County (DOH-Pinellas) centers in March. The Tobacco Free Florida Group Quit sessions are open to the public and presented by the Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center (GNAHEC).

Two-hour sessions at DOH-Pinellas centers will be held on these dates:

  • 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, March 6, at DOH-Pinellas in St. Petersburg: 205 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St., N.
  • 1 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, March 26, at DOH-Pinellas in Mid-County (Largo), 8751 Ulmerton Rd.

In addition to the group sessions, individuals who want to quit can also receive nicotine replacement patches, gum and lozenges at no cost (while supplies last and if medically appropriate). The sessions provide information on how to prepare a plan to quit, how to deal with cravings and what to expect during the process. The programs cover all forms of tobacco.

During March, numerous classes are held at other locations in Pinellas County, including a sixweek tobacco cessation class at First Unity Spiritual Campus in St. Petersburg. Registration is required for all programs. Call (813) 929-1000 or email: to register.

For more Tobacco Free Florida resources, go to quityourway.

For more information about GNAHEC, go to

For more information about DOH-Pinellas, go to or follow us on Twitter at @HealthyPinellas.


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