ClearWay Minnesota(SM) Adds New Director of Cessation Programs

Former University of Wisconsin Senior Policy Advisor joins staff

Jun 29, 2010, 13:00 ET from ClearWay Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS, June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- ClearWay Minnesota today announced that Paula Keller, M.P.H., is the new Director of Cessation Programs for the organization. Keller will lead and administer all aspects of ClearWay Minnesota's smoking cessation initiatives, including QUITPLAN® Services, policy initiatives, evaluation and strategic planning.

"We are very excited about this new addition to ClearWay Minnesota and our cessation programs," said David Willoughby, Chief Executive Officer of ClearWay Minnesota. "Paula has a wealth of experience and is well respected for her work nationwide in tobacco cessation policy initiatives."

Prior to joining ClearWay Minnesota, Keller was a Senior Policy Advisor for the University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention. She also had key roles with the Subcommittee on Cessation of the Interagency Committee on Smoking and Health and disseminating the 2008 U.S. Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guideline Update. In addition, Keller served as Deputy Director for the Addressing Tobacco in Managed Research Grants Program and served as Co-Principal and Project Director for tobacco control policy research projects.

About ClearWay Minnesota(SM)

ClearWay Minnesota is an independent, non-profit organization that improves the health of Minnesotans by reducing the harm caused by tobacco. ClearWay Minnesota serves Minnesota through its grant-making program, QUITPLAN® stop-smoking services and statewide outreach activities. It is funded with 3 percent of the state's 1998 tobacco settlement. For more information on ClearWay Minnesota or QUITPLAN Services, call 952-767-1400 or visit

Contact:  Mike Sheldon

Communications Manager

(952) 767-1425

SOURCE ClearWay Minnesota