The YMCA of Greater San Antonio, in collaboration with The University of Texas at Austin, is offering a Smoking Termination and Exercise Program, which is designed to empower underserved populations to quit smoking, according to a Feb. 20 news release.

The details

The program integrates counseling, exercise and nicotine replacement therapy into a 15-week program.

The initiative is led by Jasper Smits, UT professor and principal investigator of the government-funded study for the program.

“Individuals who smoke when they are stressed or depressed don’t tend to fare well with traditional treatments, in part because nicotine withdrawal is characterized by the very sensations they try to alleviate through smoking,” Smits said in the release. “For this group, we believe that quitting successfully requires longer interventions that provide more support and a focus on changing lifestyles.”

Cigarette smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, contributing to 1 in every 5 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The free program aims to graduate 360 participants over the next five years. To register or learn more about the program, visit or call 512-961-6384.