EFFINGHAM -- The Great American Smokeout will be held on Thursday and HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital encourages those who smoke to join in to start improving their health.
The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting -- even for one day -- smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life -- one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.
Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. About half of all Americans who keep smoking will die because of the habit. Each year more than 480,000 people in the United States die from illnesses related to tobacco use. This means smoking causes about 1 out of 5 deaths in the U.S. annually.
Yet, because tobacco is one of the strongest addictions one can have, about 40 million American adults still smoke. St. Anthony’s encourages smokers join in the Great American Smokeout to take that step of quitting for even one day to reduce their dependence on tobacco.
Smoking Cessation Program
For those who are interested in quitting but don’t know how, HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital will be offering a Smoking Cessation Class in January. It will be held on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in St. Anthony’s Auditorium, starting Jan. 9, 2018 for four consecutive weeks (Jan. 9, 16, 23 and 30).
Pre-registration is required; there is a $20 registration fee for the program, which will be refunded upon completion of the program. For more information regarding this program, contact HSHS St. Anthony’s Community Programs at 217-347-1529, or visit St. Anthony’s web site at stanthonyshospital.org.