From Southwestern Community College, shared March 6:

Southwestern Community College announced Tuesday that the college, located in Sylva, will go tobacco-free on May 9.

“For those of you who are smokers this will pose a difficult challenge, or the ideal opportunity to quit smoking,” the college wrote in a release about the change.

The Jackson County Health Department will offer the “Freedom From Smoking” program on the Jackson campus if at least five people register, it said. The cost depends on program enrollment. It will be $25 per person for five to nine participants or $20 for 10 to 16 participants and would meet weekly on Tuesdays between April 10 and May 22.

To participate, contact Dianna Gilbert at (828) 339-4201 or by Friday, March 16. For more information on the program, go here.

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