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February 15, 1996

Stop-smoking program aimed at women

A research program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) may help women who would like to quit smoking.UPMC's women's smoking cessation project specifically aims to help healthy women ages 18-65 who are worried about gaining weight if they quit smoking.

According to project director Ken Perkins, weight gain is the overwhelming concern for many women who consider going smoke-free.

UPMC's project will provide professional counseling not only to help women quit smoking, but also to cope with the uneasiness they have about gaining weight. Counseling will be done in small groups.

Participants in the program will attend 10 counseling sessions over a seven-week period with occasional follow-up visits to determine their progress. For information call 624-5732.

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