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Free Smoking Cessation Classes Begin Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

UTICA, N.Y. – The Oneida County Health Department, in collaboration with the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS), is offering a free, three-week series of Freshstart Smoking Cessation classes. Freshstart is an evidence-based program created by the American Cancer Society. The classes will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, January 10, 17 and 24, 2018, in the Sister Rose Vincent Conference Room at the St. Elizabeth Campus, 2209 Genesee Street, Utica. Refreshments will be provided. Those who complete the program will receive a $15 grocery gift card.

The Freshstart 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 Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., 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 United States, but for someone who quits, the health benefits can begin as soon as 20 minutes after a person’s last cigarette. 

For more information or to register, contact Joanne Ambrose at MVHS at 315-801-8269 or

Media Contact: 
Sandra Fentiman
Manager/Community Outreach