Reaching the Community: The Great American Smokeout
By Sarah Damien, QuitDoc Foundation
November 19, 2015

Each year on the third Thursday of November, thousands of people are encouraged to go just one day without using tobacco; and what a difference a day makes. Here’s what the body goes through on a smokeless day:

It’s a message relayed to hospital employees, patients, and families during the Great American Smoke Out. The QuitDoc Foundation, Ocala Health System, and American Cancer Society partnered for a one day event to educate and provide support for the public and employees at two hospital locations.

Great American Smokeout 2015
Jennifer McKathan (American Cancer Society) and Sarah Damien (QuitDoc Foundation)
share information during the Great American Smokeout.

Among the materials given out were Quit Kits, which included information on how to sign up for counseling and group cessation classes; mints, other hard candies, and toothpicks to help get through cravings. In all, 15 kits were given out at Ocala Regional Medical Center and West Marion Hospital, and many others walked away with educational brochures and handouts.

Quitting is a lifelong process. The Great American Smokeout movement can be a way to take that first step towards proving one has what it takes to be a quitter. Anyone can join in the movement at any time throughout the year by visiting The American Cancer Society.

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