BENNINGTON >> If you're tired of paying the money for and having the health problems that come with smoking and chew, why not start your new year off right and quit tobacco for good? Using nicotine replacement and attending a group such as Fresh Start has been proven to be one of the best ways to quit using nicotine.

The Vermont Blueprint for Health and United Health Alliance offer free Fresh Start classes throughout Bennington County.In January, one will be held on four consecutive Tuesdays from Jan. 5 to Jan. 26, from 4 to 5 p.m. at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington.

On average, it takes most people more than five quit attempts to finally beat the habit of tobacco. Fresh Start classes were developed by the American Cancer Society to give the information and support needed. Quitting tobacco is the single best thing you can do for your health. You'll feel better, smell cleaner, and be on the road to better health.

You'll learn about addiction and why it has such a hold on you; about possible withdrawal symptoms and how to deal with them; dealing with stress and life's ups and downs without tobacco; and setting a quit date and staying tobacco-free for good. Class participants can get up to 10 weeks free nicotine replacement (patches, gum, or lozenges) while attending class.


Pre-registration is necessary. Call or email Eileen at or 802-440-4098 and leave your name and number.