If you are a smoker looking to quit, then you do not want to miss this opportunity to turn in your last pack of cigarettes. Covenant Health System and the American Cancer Society (ACS) are on a mission to help create a world with less cancer and more birthdays through the Great American Smokeout on Thursday, Nov. 17.
November marks the 36th Annual Great American Smokeout developed by the ACS to encourage smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. The purpose of the Great American Smokeout is to spotlight the dangers of tobacco use and the challenges of quitting.
In an effort to make the process of quitting easier, Covenant and ACS will have informational booths in the lobby of Covenant Women's and Children's Hospital, located at 4000 24th Street, and in the lobby of Covenant Medical Center, located at 3615 19th Street, on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
At the booths, smokers will have the opportunity to turn in their cigarettes, and in return receive a $10 Target gift card. Information and a "Quit Smoking Help Kit" will be available to those who take on the challenge.
Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States, yet more than 46 million Americans still smoke. By making the decision to quit, smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life while reducing their risk of cancer.
For more information on the Great American Smokeout or to learn about the steps one can take to quit smoking, please visit www.cancer.org.