Stop smoking class series offered

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UTICA — A free, three-week series of Freshstart Smoking Cessation class is being offered by the Oneida County Health Department, in collaboration with the Mohawk Valley Health System.

The classes will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays, July 10, 17 and 24, in the Sister Johanna Conference Room at the St. Elizabeth Campus, 2209 Genesee St.

Refreshments will be provided.

To register, contact Joanne Ambrose at 315-801-8269 or jambrose@mvhealthsystem.org.

Those who complete the program will receive a $15 grocery gift card.

Freshstart is an evidence- based program created by the American Cancer Society.

The approach is geared toward helping participants increase their motivation to quit, learn effective approaches for quitting and guide them in making a successful quit attempt.

The class provides essential information, skills for coping with cravings and group support.

The program is open to all Oneida County residents 18 years and older.

According to County Executive Anthony Picente, one of the focus areas in the Oneida County Health Department 2016-2018 Community Health Improvement Plan is to decrease adult smoking rates.

Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., but for someone who quits, the health benefits can begin as soon as 20 minutes after a person’s last cigarette, organizers said.

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