Free Smoking Cessation Classes in Baton Rouge Area

Friday, September 25, 2009 - 11:12am

Working with the local parish governments, the Capital Area Human Services District (CAHSD) announced today a joint effort to kick-off a Tobacco Cessation program in the greater Baton Rouge area.
Beginning in October, CAHSD will hold tobacco cessation groups in the parishes of Ascension, East and West Baton Rouge, East and West Feliciana, Iberville, and Pointe Coupee. There is no cost to participate.
Approximately 50% of the smokers surveyed by CAHSD in these parishes stated a desire for smoking cessation assistance. Groups will meet weekly and participants will receive cessation education, strategies for quitting, and self-help material from a trained clinician. Participants will be offered the nicotine patch. Tobacco cessation group details regarding time and place is provided in this press release and can also be found on the CAHSD website at using the Addictive Disorders link.
Increasing awareness and knowledge of the benefits of tobacco cessation is a top priority for CASHD. According to the American Cancer Society, thirty percent of all cancer deaths in Louisiana are directly attributed to tobacco use.
Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. On average, tobacco users die 13 to 14 years earlier than non-smokers. For every person who dies of a tobacco-related disease, 20 more people suffer with at least one serious illness from tobacco. People who stop tobacco use greatly reduce their risk of dying prematurely.
Recent research shows that tobacco cessation not only reduces the risk of lung cancer but also reduces the risks of coronary heart disease, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, and other types of cancer. You can quit today; log onto to find a tobacco cessation group in your community.
The sessions and contact information is listed below.
Ascension-Jackie Powell
Ascension Counseling Center
(225) 621-5775
1112 S.E. Ascension Complex Ave.,Gonzales
Tuesdays, 4-5 pm

East Baton Rouge Shirley Joseph-Davisam
Family Road of Greater Baton Rouge
(225) 925-1906
323 E. Airport Ave., Baton Rouge
Mondays, 4-5pm

East Feliciana-Annita Bergman
Public Health Unit
225) 683-3874
12080 Marston St., Clinton
Thursdays, 5-6 pm

Iberville-Bert Allain
Public Health Unit
(225) 687-5889
24705 Plaza Drive, Plaquemine
Thursdays, 6-7 pm

Pointe Coupee-Donna Hammond
Pointe Coupee Home Health Office
(225) 638-7663
350 Hospital Rd., New Roads
Thursdays, 5-6 pm

West Baton Rouge-Karen Berthelot
Public Health Unit
685 Louisiana Ave., Port Allen
Thursdays, 6-7 pm

West Feliciana-Ollie Perkins
Public Health Unit
(225) 635-6707
5154 Burnett Rd., St. Francisville
Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 pm

Capital Area Human Services District (CAHSD) is the quasi-governmental agency responsible for providing developmental disabilities, addiction recovery and mental health services in the parishes of East and West Baton Rouge, East and West Feliciana, Iberville, Ascension, and Pointe Coupee. For more information on CAHSD services, please call 922-2700 or go to