PUBLISHED: 4:10 PM on Wednesday, October 4, 2006
Tobacco program office opens at Haines center
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium recently opened a tobacco program office at its Haines Health Center. Haines resident Jane Weagant, R.N., has been hired as the tobacco health educator for the office, which will be open 20 hours a week.

The office will provide free individual support services for those who want to quit tobacco, with follow-up contacts as needed for up to a year. After enrolling in the program, Haines residents will be able to obtain free Nicotine Replacement Therapy products, such as patches, gum and lozenges. Weagant will work in partnership with Pam Sloper, who provides tobacco cessation services in Haines through the WISEWOMAN program for women ages 30-64.

In addition to the tobacco cessation services, Weagant will serve as a community educator about the effects of smoking and secondhand smoke for Haines residents. She also will be working with community partners, such as the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood, local tribes and local schools.

The Haines tobacco program office will have a flexible schedule, and will be open on Tuesdays through Fridays, Weagant said. To schedule an appointment, Jane Weagant can be reached at 766-6315 or by e-mail at Haines residents also can call the Haines Health Center at 766-6300 to be connected to the tobacco program office.