FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Linda Johnson
WCA Hospital Public Relations
WCA WELLNESS OFFERS HELP DURING 34th GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT® CHALLENGE
Jamestown, New York, (Monday, November 16, 2009)—In recognition of the American Cancer Society’s 34th Great American Smokeout® Challenge on Thursday, November 19 - which encourages smokers to join in the fight against cancer - WCA Hospital Wellness will offer free tobacco cessation information and counseling for individuals who want to quit tobacco use. For free tobacco cessation counseling and information, contact Toni DeAngelo, R.N., WCA Hospital Wellness Director of 664-8677.
The Great American Smokeout® encourages smokers to commit to making a long-term plan to quit smoking for good.
“Support is available to anyone who desires to stop using tobacco,” said DeAngelo who is a specially trained Tobacco Cessation Counselor. “We are frequently presented with information on the dangers of tobacco use. Tobacco is the leading cause of lung disease, heart disease, cancer and many other illnesses. Quitting tobacco use greatly improves one’s health and the prospects for a long healthier life. We encourage anyone interested in quitting tobacco use to contact WCA or the New York State Smokers’ Quitline at 1-866-NY-QUITS.”
The Great American Smokeout® is an annual event, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, to encourage smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.
“We know that quitting smoking is tough and that most smokers have to try several times before quitting for good,” said Alan G. Thorson, MD, FACS, national volunteer president for the American Cancer Society. “We hope that smokers will use the Great American Smokeout® to map out a course of action that will help them to quit, and in turn to stay well and celebrate more birthdays.”
For additional information on quitting tobacco use, visit the WCA Hospital website, at www.wcahospital.org/wellness, or The Great American Smokeout® Web site (www.cancer.org/GreatAmericans) which contains user-friendly tips and tools towards a smoke-free life. In addition to tip sheets and calculators, the site also offers downloadable desktop helpers to assist with planning to quit and succeeding in staying tobacco-free.
WCA Hospital and its service locations are proud to be a tobacco-free.