Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Center for Smoking Cessation at Seton Health and Albany County Department of Health Partner to Provide Free Quit Support
ALBANY, N.Y. – The Center for Smoking Cessation at Seton Health and the Albany County Department of Health are helping underserved individuals quit smoking for the Great American Smokeout on Thursday, November 17. Free nicotine patches and/or gum were given to the first 200 Albany County residents who made appointments at the Albany County Department of Health during the week of November 14.
“By partnering with the Albany County Department of Health, we are able to provide free quit support to many underserved smokers who may have difficulty quitting on their own,” said Peggy Keigley, Director, Seton Health’s Center for Smoking Cessation. “These appointments are the first step to quitting and living a healthier life.”
The 36th Great American Smokeout is an initiative by the American Cancer Society to encourage individuals to quit smoking for one day. Studies have found individuals who are able to quit for one day are 10 times more likely to quit smoking permanently, reducing their risk of cancer and other preventable diseases.
The Center for Smoking Cessation at Seton Health covers an eight-county region including Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Greene, Columbia, Schoharie, Otsego and Delaware Counties. There are 19 cessation centers throughout New York State funded by the NYS Department of Health Tobacco Control Program. The goal of the cessation centers is to train and educate healthcare institutions to provide counseling and other resources to help tobacco users quit.