A great day to quit: Join the health department on the Great American Smokeout

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 02:54:03 PM. If you’re a tobacco or nicotine product user who has been thinking of dropping the habit, there may be no better time to begin to quit than Thursday. That’s the date of the annual American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout.
If you’re a tobacco or nicotine product user who has been thinking of dropping the habit, there may be no better time to begin to quit than Thursday. That’s the date of the annual American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout. “We actually have one of our walk-in clinics on that day, which is very exciting,” said Anne Grauel, a community health educator with the Carroll County Health Department. The free clinics feature smoking cessation counselors and free nicotine replacement products — such as nicotine gum, patches and lozenges — and vouchers for medications such as Chantix (with a doctor’s prescription). The Health Department always holds a walk-in clinic from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month, Grauel said, which happily coincides with the Smokeout date. “That may not be the right day for everyone, so we also offer a clinic on the first Wednesday of every month at Access Carroll, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.,” she said. “They can also call us and make an appointment when it is convenient; 410-876-4429.” Still, Grauel said, there is a certain value in using the date of the Great American Smokeout to motivate people who have been thinking of quitting — tobacco use kills an estimated 480,000 Americans each year, and is the single largest preventable cause of death and disease, according to a Health Department news release. “The most important thing smokers can do to improve their health is to quit cigarettes and other forms of combustible tobacco,” Carroll...Read more
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