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Tobacco Independence Program

Understanding tobacco dependence and changing the behaviors to overcome addiction is not an easy task. Tobacco is one of the most powerfully addicting drugs known, and dependence on it can be difficult to overcome. Studies show that 95 out of 100 people who try to stop on their own are not successful. With the help of Holy Family Memorial’s Tobacco Independence Program (TIP), the success rate climbs to 56%.

Julie A. Tittl, RN, HFM’s Work Health Options Industrial Case Manager, has developed the TIP program to help make quitting smoking a reality. Tittl is a registered nurse with extensive training in tobacco cessation from the Mayo Clinic, the American Lung Association, and the Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention. She designed this program especially for Holy Family Memorial, based on the needs of the clients she has successfully helped quit over the years.

The next TIP class begins Wednesday, April 4, and will meet for five Wednesdays, concluding on May 2. The class meets from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Newton Room at Holy Family Memorial Medical Center, 2300 Western Avenue, Manitowoc. Cost for the class is $100.

Participants will explore what is motivating them to stop tobacco use, and will learn the tools needed to make a permanent lifestyle change. They will develop a plan for their quit day, and learn tips for maintaining a smoke-free life.

To register for TIP class, call Insights - a Health Resource Center at 320-2519, or visit www.hfmhealth.org/eventregistration