FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                Connecticut Department of Public Health

March 20, 2008                                            Contact: William Gerrish

                                                                     (860) 509-7270 

Hartford – The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) will host a two-day conference for local organizations, agencies and providers on how to build a tobacco-free community.  The workshop will feature two days of dynamic speakers, best practices and panel discussions on what works in tobacco use prevention and cessation.


“Building Tobacco-Free Communities” will take place on April 8th and 9th, 2008 at the Holiday Inn in Waterbury.  This conference is part of a series offered by the Connecticut Institute for Tobacco Education and Training, an initiative of the Department of Public Health funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the purpose of providing training opportunities to community providers. 


“This workshop will offer a broad-based learning experience for treatment, education and health professionals and others who work with tobacco cessation and prevention efforts. Attendees will bring back to their workplaces and clients effective cessation and anti-tobacco techniques,” stated Renée Coleman-Mitchell, chief of DPH’s Health Education, Management and Surveillance Section.


Those interested in attending must register online at  For further information, please call the Wheeler Clinic at (860) 793-2164 or e-mail  Seating is limited and reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  Continuing education units (CEU) are available.  Conference sponsors are being sought as well as registrations for agency information tables. Those interested should contact the Wheeler Clinic directly.


For more information visit the DPH website at


The Connecticut Department of Public Health is the state’s leader in public health policy and advocacy with a mission to protect and promote the health and safety of the people of our state.  To contact the department, please visit its website at or call (860) 509-7270.