J.C. Blair & HMJ PATCH Program Sponsor Great American Smokeout Events to Help Smokers Quit
Thursday, November 17 is the 36th Annual Great American Smokeout, a day to encourage smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.
J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital and the HMJ PATCH Program are planning three special events in recognition of the Great American Smokeout. On Thursday, November 17, Kim Witkovsky with the HMJ PATCH Program will be in the Hospital Lobby from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. with information and materials about quitting smoking and smokeless tobacco. For more information about the HMJ PATCH Program, please call 1-866-377-1234.
J.C. Blair is offering “cold turkey” subs in the cafeteria on Thursday, from 11a.m. to 1:15 p.m., to recognize and support the Great American Smokeout.
J.C. Blair’s Cardiopulmonary Department is hoping to give smokers one more reason to quit, by showing them how smoking is affecting their lung capacity. On Thursday, November 17, from 1 - 3 p.m., J.C. Blair will be offering free lung screenings in the Cardiopulmonary Department for smokers and those exposed to smoke. No appointment is necessary.
The lung screenings are also offered for free to the public on the first Wednesday of every month in the J.C. Blair Cardiopulmonary Department from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment.
For more information, contact the J.C. Blair Cardiopulmonary Department at (814) 643-8645.
Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S., yet more than 46 million Americans still smoke. However, more than half of these smokers have attempted to quit for at least one day in the past year.
Quitting is hard, but you can increase your chances of success with help. The American Cancer Society can tell you about the steps you can take to quit smoking and provide the resources and support that can increase your chances of quitting successfully. To learn about the available tools, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or the HMJ PATCH Program at 1-866-377-1234.