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Tobacco cessation classes to begin

College of Pharmacy students will offer free “Beat the Pack” tobacco cessation programs in January to help those who want to stop using tobacco. Registration is now open for the spring tobacco cessation programs, one available to UGA employees and the Athens community, and another to UGA students. UGA became tobacco free (cigarettes, chewing tobacco, and e-cigarettes) on Oct. 1.

Adapted from Pfizer’s “Beat the Pack” smoking cessation program, the pharmacy students’ program can be used for both cigarettes and chewing tobacco. Sessions will be held once weekly for six weeks. Each six-week session will focus on tobacco-use issues.

The non-student program is open to both UGA employees and the general public. The meetings will be held weekly on Tuesdays from 5:45-6:45 p.m., Jan. 13 through Feb. 17 at the Training and Development Center building at 315 South Thomas St. Parking at the center is free after 5 p.m.

The non-student program is free, but space is limited to the first 10 participants. The registration deadline for this year’s program is Jan. 9.

Those interested in either program may register by faxing a completed registration form to 706-542-6022; emailing a completed registration form to or calling 706-542-5328. A PDF of the registration form and program flyers can be downloaded at

For more information, call Kay Brooks, Ashley Hannings or Deanna McEwen at 706-542-5328 or email