Charlie Cornacchio

Charlie Cornacchio

News Anchor

By Donna Reyer

The American Cancer Society holds the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November. The goal is to encourage smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting — even if it’s just for one day — smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.

But tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable disease and death, killing nearly 24,000 New Yorkers every year, and afflicting nearly 600,000 New Yorkers with serious disease directly attributable to their smoking.

Richard Bennett had been smoking for over 40 years and even with his doctor’s warning, he continued to smoke.  Here’s his story:

If your school or group is interested in hearing Richard Bennett’s story, his contact information is listed below:

Phone: 845-453-5087


For a complete guide to quitting smoking, click on this link:

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