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Free Tobacco Cessation Classes

PLEASE NOTE:  To pick up nicotine replacement products, please schedule an appointment with Teresa or attend a free tobacco cessation class by emailing her at or call (610) 376-8669 ext. 136. Beginning July 1, 2023, COCA will not mail out nicotine replacement products.

Get the tools and support you need to quit tobacco! Classes meet in hour-long weekly sessions over 7- 8 weeks and offer participants free nicotine replacement gum, lozenges and patches. We welcome all participants, even if you can’t make every class.

Register for a class today!

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Upcoming Summer & Fall Classes - Click Arrows to Register

Reading Hospital Behavioral HealthWednesdays from 6-7:30 PM, Sept 6-Oct 25, 2023

RISE Center Thursdays from 2-3 PM, Sept 7-Oct 26, 2023

Reading Hospital Behavioral HealthWednesdays from 6-7:30 PM, Nov. 1 - Dec. 20, 2023

RISE Center Thursdays from 2-3 PM, Nov 2 - Dec 21, 2023 (No class 11/23)

Teresa Detweiler

Click here to email Teresa Detweiler today. You can also call
(610) 376-8669 - EXT. 136

Make a Quit Kit!

Look for our 2nd Annual Traveling Quit Kit Tour in November 2023 as we once again celebrate No Nicotine November!

In November 2022 we went on a Traveling Quit Kit Tour, handing out Quit Kits at locations around Reading. A Quit Kit is filled with supplies to keep your hands and mouth busy to help you resist nicotine cravings. They may include hard candy, fidget toys, gum, tea, stress balls, etc. Making your own quit kit is easy and will help you get prepared for quitting!  Learn more 

Tips for Quitting!

Watch our Great American Smoke Out slideshow, “A Tip a Day for Keeping Tobacco Away,” with 14 tips from our Tobacco Treatment Specialist Teresa.


Need support now? Try our individual sessions!

FREE individual sessions can be scheduled now. This option includes 4 phone sessions and free nicotine lozenges, patches or gum mailed to your home.

Contact Us
We offer FREE classes to worksites and organizations

Want to help your employees, clients or residents quit smoking? We can tailor a class specifically for them. Contact Teresa for details.

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About our Tobacco Cessation Classes

What to expect

Each class will enable you to:

  • Define tobacco addiction
  • Identify triggers
  • Develop a personalized plan to quit
  • Identify supports to help you through the process
  • Discuss withdrawal symptoms and medication assistance
  • Meet group members for extra support
  • Get guidance from a counselor to help you on your way to a healthier you!

How often do classes meet?

All tobacco cessation classes meet once a week in one-hour sessions over an 8-week period.

Can I get nicotine replacement therapy to help me quit?

Yes, free nicotine replacement gum, lozenges and patches are available for all participants who attend sessions regularly.

Do I have to attend every class?

It is highly recommended that you attend every class in order to get all the tools you need to quit for good. However, if you wish to enroll in a session that has already held classes, you will not be turned away.

Learn the 3 A’s of Quitting Tobacco from our Tobacco Treatment Specialist then check out our 2020 Great American Smoke Out page for more videos with tips and inspiration for quitting.

Additional Resources

PA toll-free Quitline

Whether you are thinking about quitting, are not yet ready to quit, or have already quit, PA Free Quitline can help. Free, Convenient, Safe & Secure.

The Wellness Connection

Free online tobacco dependence treatment with video conferencing available to residents of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Learn more or book a session
Free Text Messaging Support's free text messaging programs give 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips for becoming smoke free.

Sign Up Today!

Other websites with resources for quitting

Youth vaping resourcesWebsites to help youth quit or learn more

Online support and resourcesGet support, resources, personal coaching, quit plans and more

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When you quit smoking you lower your risks for cancer, emphysema, bronchitis, diabetes and heart disease. Did you know that smoking and vaping also puts you at greater risk for COVID-19? Learn more

Did you know?

Smoking one pack of cigarettes a day costs $3,000-$3,500 a year.