As Great American Smokeout approaches, tobacco cessation workshops to be offered in Massena, Canton Ogdensburg
Sunday, November 14, 2010 - 7:35 am

In celebration of the 35th “National Great American Smokeout,” Thursday, Nov. 18, the Tobacco Cessation Center of Northern New York is encouraging smokers to give up tobacco for that day in hopes that they will quit for good.

The Tobacco Cessation Center will conduct three free Quit Tobacco Workshops given by a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist. On Tuesday, Nov. 16, the workshop will be held at Massena Memorial Hospital from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 17, noon at the Canton Club; and Thursday, Nov. 18, at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in the auditorium at 5:30 p.m.

Beth Gero, Ph.D., Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist will conduct the workshops.

The workshops will provide smokers with a step-by-step guide to quitting tobacco for good.

Learning to live without tobacco takes courage and determination. Most people try quitting many times before they succeed.

Every year millions of people become tobacco free for good, and so can you. It’s your choice to make. If you are undecided or anxious about quitting, the workshop will be helpful.

Tobacco use is the leading cause of premature and preventable death in this country, responsible for 443, 000 deaths each year, according to the Tobacco Cessation Center.

Thirty percent of all deaths are due to tobacco. Each day 1,200 people die prematurely due to tobacco related diseases. This is equal to three jumbo jets crashing everyday and killing everyone on board.

And, everyday 4,000 young people try a cigarette for the first time and 1,000 will become regular daily smokers, according to U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

To receive help from the NYS Smokers Quitline, contact 1-866-NY-Quits (1-866-697-8487) or