The Jefferson County Tobacco Coalition will host a free Tobacco Cessation Facilitator Training Seminar on Tuesday, June 16 at the Julie and Ben Rogers Cancer Institute Auditorium on Stagg Drive.  The class will begin at 8:30 am and run until 4:30pm and is open to the public.  Participants will be given the knowledge and skills to provide comprehensive tobacco cessation to clients and patients who use tobacco.  Continuing education credits are also being offered for professionals who might need these hours.  

“Statistics show that tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of premature death in the United States,” says Irene Ramirez, RN, Coalition member and Training Presenter.  “We hope that this training will enable a number of organizations to help Southeast Texans quit for good.”  

The Tobacco Coalition, an initiative of the Substance Abuse Division of the South East Texas Regional Planning Commission, is dedicated to increasing awareness, promoting prevention and cessation, improving resistance skills, and protecting the public from exposure to the harmful effects of tobacco.  Members include a diverse section of the community representing a variety of non-profit organizations, area hospitals, businesses, and community representatives.

Anyone interested in participating in the class or in joining the Jefferson County Tobacco Coalition is encouraged to call 409-729-7692.