September 27, 2018 Grantley Adams

WINSTED, CT – September 27, 2018 – Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) will be offering its popular “Freedom From Smoking” cessation programs at Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) this fall as part of their ongoing efforts to help smokers kick the habit and live smoke free.

The FREE program features discussion and skill sessions led by trained, certified American Cancer Society facilitators who understand the motivations and rationalizations of smoking, and uses a positive behavior change approach that teaches people how to become permanent non-smokers. Participants attend eight interactive classes with “Quit Day” midway through the program.

In Winsted, CHH is partnering with Northwestern Connecticut Community College in conjunction with, and support of its current plan to create a smoke, vape and tobacco free campus in 2019. CHH used a recent grant to train four new facilitators, Carla Angevine, Susan Murphy, Damaris Sierra, and Maria Capobianco, in anticipation of the fall offerings.

The program will be offered on Tuesdays in Winsted on the NCCC campus in the new Joyner Health Science Center (Room 143), from 12 noon to 1:30 pm, and again from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, from October 9 to November 27.

“In this step-by step program, participants will receive the personal attention they need to help them quit smoking and transition to a healthier, smoke free lifestyle through education, relaxation techniques, and methods of preventing weight gain.” says Sandy Markus, long time smoking program facilitator.

As a special incentive, the $75 program fee will be waived for all participants. Call 860-496-6538 to register or receive more information. Space is limited.

According to the American Cancer Society, tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet millions of Americans still smoke. For more information about smoking and its dangers, visit the American Cancer Society website at

For more information about Tuesdays in Winsted visit or contact Lori Fedewa, Director, Connecticut Office of Rural Health at