Program Aims to Help UVA Employees Overcome Nicotine Addiction

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University of Virginia employees who are trying to kick their smoking addictions can now enroll in a six-week session for help. The "Hoo's Kicking It?" program will start next week and aims to give participants a healthier lifestyle.

This is the second year UVA's School of Nursing and "Hoo's Well" have teamed up to provide the tobacco cessation program. Organizers say participants will go through a structured treatment plan.

The program will kick off with an orientation next Thursday night where interested employees will be screened. Participants will then meet in McLeod Hall once a week starting February 6.

Organizers say one part of the program will be to help people develop strategies that target the three cycles of nicotine addiction - emotional, behavioral, and biological or physical.

"Addictionologists always report that it is harder to quit smoking and using tobacco than it is to get off of crack cocaine. So we really are proponents for those that do not have any contraindications to pharmacotherapy to use medication to break that nicotine addiction cycle," said Dr. Janie Heath.

The program is capped at 14 participants, but organizers say they have the resources to expand if there is more interest. The orientation will be held on the third floor of McLeod Hall next Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

If you are interested in registering for the program, click here.

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