Lung Disease Foundation opens Bedford office

BEDFORD — The Lung Disease Foundation of Central PA has opened a second office in the Bedford County Chamber of Commerce’s building, 203 South Juliana St. The LDF will use the chamber’s meeting rooms to hold its Freedom from Smoking and Adult Cessations programs.

According to Sherri Stayer, LDF executive director, the free program is designed for adults who want to quit smoking.

“We have had great success with the classes in Blair County and look forward to working with the Bedford County community to increase the number of individuals who quit using tobacco products,” Stayer said.

“We’ve hired staff who will be working with area businesses, organizations and individuals in achieving their smoke free goals, including workplaces and housing units,” she added.

Youth will also be a focus through the Tobacco Resistance Unit program and Teens Against Tobacco Use program.

“We will also be offering Tobacco Prevention Educa­tion to youth through schools, youth organizations, clubs and religious groups,” Stayer said.

A ribbon cutting and open house are being held today, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

“We are thrilled to have the Lung Disease Foundation opening an office in the Russell House and equally pleased that their Bedford County office will mean the creation of a new job,” said Kellie Goodman Shaffer, president/CEO of the Bedford County Chamber of Commerce.

Freedom from Smoking Program is managed by the Pennsylvania Alliance Control Tobacco and the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania. The Lung Disease Foundation of Cen­tral PA is the designated to­bacco control service pro­vider for Blair and Bedford counties through the Amer­ican Lung Association in Pennsylvania.