Greenbrier County Organizations Team Up to End Tobacco Use


Organizations in Greenbrier County are teaming up to bring Free Quit Tobacco Classes to the area. The Robert C. Byrd Clinic, WVSOM Center for Community and Rural Health, Rainelle Medical Center, DHHR, and West Virginia Clean Indoor Air Program are all involved in helping people quit smoking. 

The first class is set for April 7th at the Rainelle Medical Center with another class to follow on May 3 at the Robert C. Byrd Clinic in Lewisburg. 

They are taught by tobacco prevention specialists and are part of a West Virginia University Research Corporation grant to promote heart, lung, and blood health. 

“There are so many risks nowadays and it helps lower your risks for different types of cancers, lung cancer, oral cancer, various types. And it reduces your risk of heart disease within one to two years of quitting. It also reduces your risk for stroke. For women, it reduces their infertility and the chance for a low birth weight baby” says Joyce Martin of the WVSOM. 

The first class will be from 5 to 8 in the evening. Anyone interested should call Karen Larson at 304-799-6112 to RSVP. The second class will be from 5:30 to 8:30 and those interested in attending that session should call Karen Jones at 304-647-1208. Classes are free to attend. 

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