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Tobacco Free


Tobacco-free Clinton Franklin and Essex and Reality Check work to foster environments supportive of policies that reinforce the tobacco-free norm in communities throughout New York State.  This approach to chronic disease prevention utilizes a community-based strategy which includes community education, community mobilization, government policy maker education and advocacy with organizational decision makers in order to create local environments that demand policy change through youth action and community engagement.

The program goals and objectives are focused on four initiatives:

  • Point of Sale (POS) marketing including Tobacco-Free Pharmacies
  • Smoke-Free Housing (multi-unit dwellings)
  • Tobacco-Free Outdoors (parks, playgrounds, employers, and entrances)
  • Smoke-Free Media (Smoke-Free Movies and internet)

Since 2001, the Champlain Valley Family Center and Tobacco-Free CFE and Reality Check has been working with communities to create healthy places for people to live, work and play.

Tobacco-Free Clinton, Franklin, and Essex Reality Check Team


Program Director

Denis King obtained his Associates degree from Johnson and Wales University and has been working at CVFC since 2013.  Since his employment, Denis has earned his Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC), Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA), and Credential Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor-Trainee (CASAC-T). Denis is a trainer for Peer Engagement and Recovery Services in the areas of: Recovery Coach Academy, Ethics in Recovery Coaching, Recovery Coaching in the E.D., SOAR, Peer Supervision, Recovery Basics for Parents, and Professionalism and Recovery Coaching. Denis supervises the Peer Engagement and Recovery Services available through CVFC.

Scott Ruch, B.A., B.S.
Megan Perez, MS Ed. CAS
Danielle O'Mara, MS

We specialize in...

Substance Use Treatment

School-Based Prevention

Community-Based Prevention

Supportive Housing

Intensive Family Support Program

Tobacco-Free Clinton, Franklin & Essex

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