Catholic Charities office in Fulton goes smoke free

Submitted by Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities of Oswego County has joined the growing list of area, business, clubs and organizations that have officially become tobacco-free environments.

Using the resources of the Tobacco Free Network of Oswego County, Catholic Charities has gone tobacco free both inside and outside of its building.

Mary Margaret Pezzella-Pekow, Catholic Charities executive director, said 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 Tobacco Free Network) 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 Tobacco Free Network, call Abby Jenkins at 343-2344, ext. 21 or visit, For more information on Catholic Charities of Oswego County, visit

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