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Friday, February 20, 2009

The Seton Health Center for Smoking Cessation Receives Grant from American Legacy Foundation®

TROY, N.Y. - The Seton Health Center for Smoking Cessation, creator of The Butt Stops Here Program that helps smokers quit, has received a one-year $81K grant from the American Legacy Foundation®, the national public health foundation devoted to keeping young people from smoking and helping all smokers quit. The grant funding will help Seton Health establish new smoking cessation services for the homeless in Albany and Rensselaer counties.

The Seton Health Center for Smoking Cessation will use the grant for its faith-based initiative, "The Courage to Quit: Tobacco Recovery," for low-income homeless individuals. By working with six homeless shelters in the Capital Region, the Smoking Cessation Center will set up systems and services to provide evidence-based cessation services that will be sustainable after the one-year grant period ends.

"The homeless population has a high prevalence of smoking and has a desire to quit equal to that of the general smoking population, but many homeless people lack the ability to access resources," says Peggy Keigley, Director of the Seton Health Center for Smoking Cessation. "The Courage to Quit: Tobacco Recovery will reach approximately 20 medical/counselor professionals and 300 homeless adults."

The Seton Health Center for Smoking Cessation's The Butt Stops Here program was founded in 2001. It is a seven week-long intensive program to help people quit smoking.To date it has conducted more than 430 groups and treated approximately 7,000 participants, of which research shows 30% have quit smoking.

Its funding partner, the American Legacy Foundation® aims to develop programs that address the health effects of tobacco use, help all young people reject tobacco, and give everyone access to tobacco prevention and cessation services.

Seton Health is a comprehensive, not-for-profit, integrated healthcare system anchored by St. Mary’s Hospital in Troy. It provides healthcare services from more than 20 sites in Rensselaer, Saratoga and Albany counties.

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