Smoking cessation program begins

Shown promoting the billboard are (from left) Raymond Wayne, HTS information specialist; Health Commissioner Carol Cowan; and Rick Perez, ELCH director of business development and marketing. Firefighters pictured are (from left) Assistant Chief Jason Glista and firefighters Antony Cumo, Jarod Wolfe and Michael Dubray. (Photo by Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert)

EAST LIVERPOOL — A new billboard has gone up in the East End of East Liverpool, promoting a smoking cessation program started by the city health department and its Maternal and Child Health Task Force.

Health Commissioner Carol Cowan said the East Liverpool City Fire Department and East Liverpool City Hospital are among members of the task force, which conducted a focus group to determine how to promote smoking cessation.

Several firefighters were in the midst of kicking the habit and told the task force having cessation help available is imperative. The task force has a preventive phase and a cessation phase, including youth-led tobacco teams to prevent starting the habit, a “quit line” and cessation classes, with contact numbers on the billboard, which was donated and installed by Heritage Thermal Services.