Wayne HealthCare Pulmonary Rehabilitation Specialists Linda Fridley and Karen Lockhart pose with Bryan Horner, winner of turkey raffle.
Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout. The Great American Smokeout event challenges people to stop using tobacco and helps people learn about different tools they can use to help them quit.
On November 19th, Wayne HealthCare participated in the event and offered local smokers the chance to join others across the U.S. in taking steps to start living a tobacco free life. Whether you stopped by the awareness table to make a pledge to quit or made a self commitment you’re taking important steps toward a healthier life.
The observance was started by the American Cancer Society in the 1970’s and has since helped change the nation’s perception of tobacco use. The day has been used to draw awareness to the health risks associated with tobacco and secondhand smoke, even leading to many state and local regulations.
Individuals who talked with our pulmonary rehabilitation staff about programs or reasons to quit using tobacco were encouraged to make a pledge. Individuals were also entered into our “Quit Cold Turkey” drawing to win a free turkey for Thanksgiving.