The Great American Smokeout is November 16th

Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout event. Wear red to show your support on November 16th. Encourage someone you know to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. By quitting – even for 1 day – smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk.

About 36.5 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world. Smoking kills people – there’s no “safe” way to smoke tobacco.

Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits at any age. Quitting is hard, but you can increase your chances of success with help. Getting help through counseling or medications can double or triple the chances of quitting successfully. Ellenville Regional Hospital has support meetings every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 1:00pm with a Freedom From Smoking Facilitator. You will receive Tobacco Free Guides to help you create a plan to quit for good. If you have questions, suggestions or need support, e-mail Debbie Birch at dbirch@ellenvilleregional.org or call the American Lung Association at 1-800-586-4872.

For more information on the Great American Smokeout, click here.