First Freshstart Cessation Class Begins Jan 2 at NPL
- Free classes offer tips, group support, and other resources to successfully quit.
- Six NPL locations hosting sessions.
- Seating is limited — the library events calendar has registration details.
If you’re ready to make a serious effort to quit tobacco, you shouldn’t have to do it alone.
And at Nashville Public Library (NPL), you won’t have to.
Beginning Thursday, Jan 2, the library’s Be Well at NPL initiative is launching Freshstart, a free, four-session program to help tobacco users quit. The Main Library, as well as the North, Donelson, Southeast, Pruitt, and Old Hickory Branch libraries, are hosting classes.
Developed by the American Cancer Society, Freshstart guides participants through making the decision to quit, planning to quit, preparing for their first quit day, and staying tobacco free. The weekly meetings offer group support, practical tips, coping techniques, and access to local resources.
“We use Freshstart because it’s evidence-based, and participants receive social support from each other,” said Elizabeth Roth, program coordinator for Be Well at NPL. “Ours is also one of the few completely free group cessation programs in Nashville that doesn’t require prior membership or affiliation to attend.”
While the materials are written for smokers, Roth said the program can be just as effective for e-cigarette and smokeless tobacco users.
Liz Movius, the Freshstart mentor at the Southeast location, said the program is perfect for people determined to live tobacco-free.
As a former smoker, Movius would know.
“When I decided to quit smoking, I did it on my own, and it was incredibly hard. If I had known that a program like this existed, I definitely would have taken advantage of it,” Movius said. “It makes it easier to stick with the decision to quit, which, for me at least, was the hardest part.”
Schedules for Freshstart vary by location, so check the library’s events calendar for specific dates and times. Seating is limited, so register with your preferred location to save your slot.
For those unable to attend Freshstart, Roth recommends the Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine. The line offers dedicated coaches who guide callers through making a plan, and connect them to educational and local resources.
About Be Well at NPL
Be Well at NPL provides free wellness programming at library branch locations and connects you to trusted health resources found online, in our stacks, and in the community. Programs range from weekly yoga to cooking classes to blood pressure screenings. Through partnerships with community health organizations and local health experts, Be Well at NPL provided programming to nearly 32,000 Nashvillians last year.
Be Well at NPL is supported by National Network of Libraries of Medicine All of Us Research Program and HCA Foundation.