Cessation program launched

Cessation program launched

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County residents spent $12.8 million on tobacco products in 2016, but this number may decline because of a new cessation program.

Officials with the Belmont County Health Department and the Carroll County General Health District will run the new “Ohio Appalachian Region, Fresh Communities” tobacco cessation program for the two counties.

The program allows for tobacco cessation services to be offered free of charge to all residents of Belmont and Carroll counties and the surrounding area.

The Carroll County district has trained certified tobacco treatment specialists and is now offering tobacco cessation services to help people quit smoking and using tobacco. Tobacco cessation services currently being offered include telephone, individual and group sessions. The counties are recipients of a Community Cessation Initiative grant awarded from the Ohio Department of Health. Carroll County is the lead agency to coordinate grant activities in the two-county consortium.

Linda Mehl, Belmont County’s director of nursing, said, “The ‘Ohio Appalachian Region, Fresh Communities’ program is the result of strong collaboration with the two-county consortium and community partners.”

According to the Nielsen Consumer Concentration 2016 Tobacco Report, Belmont County’s total expenditure for tobacco products in 2016 was $12.8 million.

Mehl said, “The Belmont County Health District and the Carroll County General Health District hope to reduce the number of individuals that are currently or could potentially turn to tobacco use in the future.”

For more information on the “Ohio Appalachian Region, Fresh Communities” program, call 833-7174-3733 or visit the website at www.carroll-lhd.org.