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Albany County Kicks Off Smoking Cessation Initiative

July 30, 2014

Even though the smoking rate among New York State adults has fallen to an all-time low of over the past decade, the smoking rate among people with mental illness has remained relatively unchanged. Those living with mental illness smoke more, suffer more, and die more from smoking related illnesses than do people without mental illness. In fact, half of all deaths among people with behavioral health disorders may be attributable to smoking-related illnesses. These deaths are preventable.

The Albany County Department of Mental Health is working with the Tri-County (Albany, Schenectady and Rensselaer Counties) Behavioral Health Committee for Tobacco-Free Living to change that. This committee of stakeholders from the behavioral health, health, and tobacco control communities focus on reducing the smoking rate among people living with mental illness in the Capital Region community. The Committee is coordinated as a project of the Center for Smoking Cessation at Seton Health (a member of St. Peter's Health Partners) and the Capital District Tobacco-Free Coalition.

Join the Albany County Department of Mental Health for a Kick-Off Cook-Out event July 31 12 pm -2:30 pm at 175 Green Street for our clients, staff and community members who share tips, inspiration and at least one success story. A number of vendors will be available to discuss the health risks, bring awareness and for those who want to quit smoking and link them to resources. ShopRite Supermarkets helped provide food for the event.

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