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Tobacco users can overcome addiction with programs and resources to help

More than 50 years ago, the Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service declared smoking is hazardous to our health. Over the following decades countless studies have corroborated and expanded on the claim, attributing millions of deaths to smoking.  So why do people still smoke? The simplest answer is: because for most people, quitting is really, really hard.

The good news is, for those ready to quit, supports and resources are available through the Cheshire Coalition for Tobacco-Free Communities. The Coalition sponsors a broad range of treatment programs for those in Cheshire County who wish to quit using tobacco. Supports like free one-on-one counseling, assistance with nicotine replacement therapies like patches and gum, and tobacco education and support groups.

Kate McNally, MS, CTTS, Program Manager for the Coalition for Tobacco-Free Communities, understands the barriers that tobacco addiction creates and the challenges to quitting. On February13th, McNally will host a special pre-Valentine’s Day event for the loved ones of tobacco users, providing education and a better understanding of addiction, as well as strategies to help their loved one quit. Find a full description of the session in the Winter program listing.

Kate McNally, Program Manager for the Cheshire Coalition for Tobacco Free Communities, with Keith Clark, participant in the Tobacco Treatment Program at Cheshire Medical Center.

Kate McNally, Program Manager for the Cheshire Coalition for Tobacco Free Communities, with Keith Clark, participant in the Tobacco Treatment Program at Cheshire Medical Center.


To learn more about the Coalition and to view a recent video interview with Kate McNally and Keith Clark, participant in the Tobacco Treatment Program as he shares how he found the willingness to be tobacco free, and the resources supporting him on his journey, visit health-wellness.cheshiremed.org/tobacco-free.