FULTON, NY – Catholic Charities of Oswego County has joined the growing list of area, business, clubs, and organizations that have officially become tobacco free environments.
Utilizing the resources of the Tobacco Free Network of Oswego County, Catholic Charities has gone tobacco free both inside and outside of its building.
According to Executive Director, Mary Margaret Pezzella-Pekow, the assistance she received from the Tobacco Free Network was invaluable in the implementation of the agency’s tobacco free policy.
“Abby Jenkins (coordinator of the TFN) was great,” said Pezzella-Pekow. “She provided us with informational materials, best practices on introducing the tobacco free policy to our employees and consumers, and signage for inside and outside of building.”
Established in 1999, the Tobacco Free Network of Oswego County is a community-based coalition committed to reducing the human and social toll of tobacco use in Oswego County. Supported by funding from the New York State Department of Health Tobacco Control Program, Tobacco Free Network utilizes local outreach opportunities to:
– Eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke
– Decrease the social acceptability of tobacco use
– Reduce tobacco displays in local retail environments
– Create greater access to tobacco-free parks and playgrounds
– Prevent the initiation of tobacco use among youth and young adults
– Promote cessation from tobacco use and the NYS Smoker’s Quitline
For more information on the TFN, contact Jenkins at 315-343-2344, ext. 21 or visit, www.tobaccofreenys.org
For more information of Catholic Charities of Oswego County visit www.ccoswego.com