Letter: Quit Smoking for Heart Health

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To the Editor:

February is American Heart Month — a great time to quit vaping, smoking or other tobacco products.

Smoking can lead to narrowing blood vessels and high blood pressure and it is a leading cause of heart disease. Vaping is still fairly new and less is known about its effect on the heart. However, the American Heart Association reports that two new studies find that vaping may be just as dangerous by increasing heart disease risk factors.

So, for American Heart Month, make a resolution for a healthier life for you and your family. If you vape, smoke or use other tobacco products, quitting is the most important step you can take to protect your health.

If you want to quit and tried in the past, don't give up. It often takes several tries before you quit for good. However, with planning and support, you can become tobacco-free.

Vapers, smokers and other tobacco product users can call 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669) for free coaching through phone, e-chat, and text 24 hours each day, seven days a week or you can find helpful information and enroll online through KeepTryingMA.org.

Make the choice to quit today, making this the beginning of a smoke-free and healthier you!

Joyce Brewer is the program manager for the Berkshire Tobacco-Free Community Partnership, a program of the Berkshire Area Health Education Center headquartered in Dalton. Contact her at 413-842-5160
or at jbrewer@berkshireahec.org.




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Berkshire Money Management Names New Administration Specialist

DALTON, Mass. — Berkshire Money Management has added Tammy Gaherty to its fast-growing team. 

Gaherty is the second hire for 2020 and will be handling scheduling for advisors, managing content distribution, and helping with the flow of operations throughout the firm. Prior to joining BMM, she worked for nearly two decades as an administrative assistant with the Dalton Housing Authority. 

Gaherty comes to BMM during an unprecedented time locally, nationally and globally.

"Everyone is going through a difficult time right now," BMM President Barbara Schmick said. "We are hiring in order to better service our clients now and in the future.  We are getting far more requests and questions during this pandemic. At this time, our clients need more services than ever, and Tammy is our answer to that growing need."

Gaherty is a Berkshire native and a graduate of Monument Mountain Regional High School. She has been the volunteer secretary and president of the Friends of the Lanesborough Public Library, and an active participant there for fundraisers to support library programming. She enjoys hiking, reading (including Tarot cards), numerology and music. 

She lives in Lanesborough with her husband Dan and their daughter Tarryn. Tammy also has three stepdaughters, Callie, Kirby and Carly.

BMM is an independent investment advisory firm based in Dalton. The firm offers digital investing, business valuation, financial, estate and retirement planning, and Social Security and Medicare coaching.

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