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Nicotine Anonymous Meetings Begin in Ogden

(Ogden, UT) Weber-Morgan Health Department and the Northern Utah Coalition, invite community members who have quit, or are thinking of quitting, tobacco to attend weekly Nicotine Anonymous meetings at the New Zion Baptist Church, 2935 Lincoln Ave., beginning September 21 at 6 p.m.
The meetings are free and follow the 12 steps adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous by the international Nicotine Anonymous organization, www.nicotine-anonymous.org.
“There is a real need for this in our community,” said Sarah McClellan, project coordinator for the non-profit Northern Utah Coalition. “Many people want to quit smoking but they have a hard time taking that next step.”
Organizers hope participants will include those who want to quit as well as former users who can act as mentors. Coalition members traveled to Albuquerque, NM, to be trained on the program. Health educators from Weber-Morgan Health Department will also provide information on existing quitting resources available to help those who want to stop using nicotine products.  
The meetings will supplement quitting programs that are already in place, says Anna Guymon, health educator with the Weber-Morgan Health Department’s Tobacco Prevention and Control Program. For instance, the Utah QuitLine and Utah QuitNet programs are available only to those who have access to telephones or computers.
“We get calls and questions all the time from people asking if there is a local support group so we feel there is a niche to be filled with this type of program here in the Ogden area,” Guymon said.

For more information on the Nicotine Anonymous meeting, please contact Sarah at 801-393-4153 or Alice at 801-726-3909 or email nuc536@comcast.net.