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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health and City of Worcester have partnered with Spectrum Health Systems and UMass Memorial Hospital to launch an exciting smoking cessation initiative called Ready, Set Quit. “As one of the largest employers and key community partners in Worcester, Spectrum is committed to the well-being of our clients and staff,” said Spectrum President and CEO Charles Faris.

The promotion, which runs from May 6 through June 30, 2008, encourages adults who live, work or study in Worcester to call the state's quitline (1-800-879-8678) for telephone support, and a free two-week supply of nicotine patches, pending eligibility.

“We are committed to achieving a healthy, vibrant community, and we believe the Ready, Set, Quit program will provide City residents with the support services they need to make a successful attempt to quit smoking,” said Worcester City Manager Mike O’Brien.

Cigarette smoking is still the leading cause of preventable disease and death in Massachusetts. The smoking rate among Worcester residents is 29% higher than the statewide rate, contributing to avoidable illnesses, including lung cancer, asthma and cardiovascular disease.

Based in Worcester, Massachusetts, Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit provider of substance abuse treatment and mental health services. The company serves more than 18,000 individuals each year throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Georgia, Maine, Tennessee and Maryland.

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