Thinking About Quitting Tobacco? Practice for One Day on Nov. 18

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Contact: Eileen Druckenmiller
(802) 447-5558
03-Nov-10
 
BENNINGTON –Are you trying to or thinking about giving up cigarettes, chew, cigars, or pipe tobacco but don’t know how or where to start? Can you think of other ways you could be spending the more than $5,000 you’re spending on tobacco products every year? Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s (SVMC) Tobacco Cessation Program can help.
 
Join us on Thursday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the hospital lobby for support while you find out about the latest programs for quitting and nicotine replacement options. Make a “Pledge to Quit” that day in celebration of the Thirty-Fifth Annual American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout. Everyone who pledges to quit will be entered into a drawing that includes the grand prize of one free night at the Bennington Hampton Inn. If you can do it for one day, you can do it for a week, a month, a lifetime!
 
We know it’s not easy to quit tobacco alone. But we’re serious about helping you quit for good. Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. Every year, an estimated 440,000 people die from tobacco. Half of all Americans who continue to use tobacco as directed will die from tobacco-related disease.
 
But you can fight back against this addiction. Join us and make that first step towards a healthier life without tobacco. You can do it for one day!  Within the first 24 hours of quitting, your carbon monoxide levels return to normal and your chances of having a heart attack begin to drop; within three months, your lung function increases as much as 30 percent; within one year, your excess risk of heart attack and death from heart disease is cut in half; and within five to 15 years, your risk of stroke is reduced to that of a non-smoker.
 
The Great American Smokeout began in the 1970s to encourage people to make a one-day choice for better health. Every year, more and more smokers participate by smoking less or quitting smoking for the day. Ready to try? SVMC and the Tobacco-Free Community Partners are here to support you along the way.
 
On Nov. 18, set aside time to make a small change that can lead to a lifelong improvement in your health. Call Gwen or Laurie at SVMC’s Tobacco Cessation Program at (802) 447-5508 or Kiah Morris at Tobacco-Free Community Partners at (802) 447-6478 today to find out more about how they can help you quit tobacco now and in the long-run.
 
SVMC is a part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC). SVHC is a community-based, not-for-profit health system that exists solely for the benefit of its community. SVHC has a vision to make the communities it serves the healthiest in the nation. To find out more, visit www.svhealthcare.org.