County offers smokers help to kick habit

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Did you resolve to stop smoking this year? Looking for some help to make it happen?

The Oneida County Health Department, in collaboration with the Mohawk Valley Health System, is offering a free series of Freshstart Smoking Cessation classes. The class will meet from 5 to 6:30 p.m Jan. 10, 17 and 24 in the Sister Rose Vincent Conference Room at the St. Elizabeth campus, 2209 Genesee St., Utica. Refreshments will be provided.

Those who complete the program will receive a $15 grocery gift card. The program is open to all county residents 18 years and older.

One of the focus areas in the Health Department’s 2016-2018 Community Health Improvement Plan is to decrease adult smoking rates.

For more information or to register, contact Joanne Ambrose at MVHS, (315) 801-8269 or jambrose@mvhealthsystem.org.

Among Americans who smoke, 68 percent say they want to quit for good, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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