Great American Smokeout 2017 – Need help quitting?

Quitting has long-term benefits at any age.

Lynn Sprain, MS, RT, RCEP, smoking cessation program facilitator

The American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout is Thursday, November 16.

To support those who wish to participate in the Great American Smokeout, Winona Health’s Cardiac Rehabilitation department is offering free materials available for pick up in the hospital and clinic lobbies Monday through Friday, November 13 through 17 while supplies last. Winona Health is located at 855 Mankato Avenue.

“If you smoke, use the Great American Smokeout as your day to quit—or to make a plan to quit,” said Lynn Sprain, MS, RT, RCEP, with Winona Health’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Department. “By quitting, or even decreasing tobacco use, you will be taking a step toward a healthier life and reducing your cancer risk.”

According to the American Cancer Society, 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.

“No doubt about it—quitting is hard,” Sprain said. “But it’s worth whatever effort it takes, and you can increase your chances of success with help. Getting help through counseling or medications can greatly improve the odds of quitting.”

Winona Health offers free, four-week smoking cessation programs three times each year. The next program begins Thursday, January 4, 2018. Sprain encourages smokers to use the Great American Smokeout to at least set a goal for cutting down on tobacco use, then sign up for the free program to help you quit for good. For more information about Winona Health’s free smoking cessation program, call 507.474.3324.

Long-term smokers who are concerned about the damage smoking may have done, should consider Winona Health’s CT Lung Cancer Screening. For information about CT Lung Screening, talk with your primary care provider.

Here’s a little motivation from Denver Brown, PA-C, in Family Medicine.

Denver Brown, PA-C

Great American Smokeout 2016: Thursday, November 17

Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits at any age

Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout. This year’s Smokeout is Thursday, November 17.

“If you smoke, use the Great American Smokeout date to make a plan to quit, or plan NOW to quit smoking beginning on that day,” said Lynn Sprain, MS, RT, RCEP, with Winona Health’s cardiac Rehabilitation Department. “By quitting – even for one day – you will be taking a step toward a healthier life and reducing you cancer risk. If you know someone who smokes, encourage them to make a plan to quit.”

According to the American Cancer Society, about 40 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world. While cigarette smoking rates have dropped (from 42% in 1965 to 17% in 2014), cigar, pipe, and hookah – other dangerous and addictive ways to smoke tobacco – are very much on the rise. Smoking kills people – there’s no “safe” way to smoke tobacco.

“You know and we know: Quitting is hard,” Sprain said. “But it’s worth whatever effort it takes, and you can increase your chances of success with help. Getting help through counseling or medications can greatly increase the chances of quitting successfully.”

Winona Health offers free, four-week smoking cessation programs three times each year. In 2017, programs begin on the following dates:

  • Thursday, January 5
  • Thursday, March 16
  • Thursday August 31

For more information about Winona Health’s free smoking cessation program, call 507.474.3324.

For long-term smokers who are concerned about the damage smoking may have done, Winona Health offers CT Lung Cancer Screening. For information about CT Lung Screening, talk with your primary care provider.