Cherokee Indian Hospital will host a “Great American Smoke out” on Thursday, Nov. 17 in an effort to help people quit smoking for good. The goal is give community members the support and the resources necessary to stop smoking and take that first step towards a healthier life. According to the American Cancer Society, “About 40 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world.”
The Cherokee Indian Hospital Respiratory Therapy staff will be set up in the hospital cafeteria from 11:30am – 1pm with information, a COPD screening device that can test lung age as well as a “Cold Turkey” raffle. There will also be nutritionists available and a stress-relieving yoga demonstration.
“One of the things we like to do for this event is highlight the resources we do have,” said Lisa Roland, Respiratory Therapy manager. “We do have a Freedom from Smoking class which is an 8-week program dedicated to helping set a quit day, figure out what the smoking triggers are and what are ways to work through those challenges.”
Info: Chavis Wright, Respiratory Therapy desk clerk, 497-9163 ext. 6425
– Sheyahshe Littledave, Cherokee Indian Hospital