OROVILLE, CA – Butte County Public Health (BCPH) will co-sponsor a FREE “Anyone Can Quit” Cessation Workshop from 9 am to 3 pm on Friday, April 28th at the First Christian Church in Chico. The workshop is open to professionals and community members interested in helping people recover from using tobacco or vaping products, including marijuana. Lunch will be provided.

Attendees must reserve a spot by signing up online at tinyurl.com/anyonecanquit or by contacting Bruce Baldwin at bbaldwin@healthcollaborative.org or 530-345-2483 x206.

The workshop comes on the heels of a newly passed tobacco tax, Proposition 56. As of April 1, Prop 56 has increased the purchase price of a pack of cigarettes by $2. The new tax also applies to tobacco products like electronic cigarettes and e-liquids, which are taxed based on their wholesale cost. Those who currently use tobacco products will experience higher costs, which might motivate them to quit smoking.

“Smoking tobacco products is one of the leading causes of chronic disease in Butte County. The cost of smoking is now higher than ever. I encourage anyone who knows someone who needs help to attend the workshop,” stated Ellen Michels, BCPH Health Education Specialist.

According to the California Tobacco Control Program, “Smoking remains the number one cause of preventable death and disease in California. About 3.1 million, or one out of nine, California adults smoke, and an estimated 34,000 Californians die from smoking-related diseases each year.”

In addition to Butte County Public Health, event sponsors include: California Health Collaborative, Butte County Office of Education, First 5 of Butte County, and Enloe Medical Center. The workshops will feature keynote speaker, Chad Morris, Director of the Behavioral Health and Wellness Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical School. He is a nationally recognized expert on recovery from tobacco addiction and the author of numerous publications on the subject.

Residents seeking help to quit tobacco may also contact the California Smokers’ Helpline at 1-800-NO-BUTTS. The helpline provides smokers free telephone counseling and plans to help them quit. The Helpline is staffed with trained counselors who are fluent in many other languages. Additional resources and materials are available at www.nobutts.org.