FreshStart Classes Offered to Help People Quit Tobacco

October 04, 2016

BENNINGTON, VT—October 9, 2016—Quitting tobacco is among the most difficult things someone can do. Many people benefit from attending a weekly class to help them quit. Through a cooperation among the American Cancer Society, Vermont Blueprint for Health, Vermont Quit Partners, and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), local residents can attend a free FreshStart Tobacco Cessation class.

Participants choose between two sessions, 12 – 1 p.m. or 4 -5 p.m., every Tuesday at SVMC. They will learn new ways to stop smoking or chewing, get tips on how to handle stress and withdrawal symptoms, meet others trying to quit, and receive free nicotine replacement. For those with scheduling difficulty, individual sessions are also available by appointment.

Advanced registration is required. Contact Kathy Dockum, local Vermont Quit Partner at 802-440-4098 or


Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC’s providers are members of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians, a multispecialty medical group operated in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock. SVHC includes the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, a 150-bed long- and short-term care skilled nursing facility; the SVHC Foundation; and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), which includes 19 primary and specialty care practices. Primary care offices are located in Bennington, Manchester, Pownal, and Wilmington. To learn more, visit