The Ripley County Health Department staff and Medical Reserve Corps volunteers will celebrate the Great American Smoke-Out Thursday, Nov. 21, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Ripley County Annex, Versailles, reports Holley Rose, public health and MRC coordinator.
Information on smoking cessation programs will be available. County residents interested in kicking the habit, as well as nonsmoking residents, can also obtain information from other vendors. Free cold turkey sandwiches will be served to highlight the theme “Quitting Cold Turkey!”
Free blood pressure checks and hand massages will be offered by Southeastern Career Center health careers and cosmetology students.
“November is also Diabetes Awareness month and Lung Cancer Awareness month,” adds Vicky Powell, public health nurse. “The RCHD would like to highlight these as well as other health-related topics of interest to members of our community.”
The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smoke-Out on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S., and tobacco use is responsible for nearly one in five deaths. This equals about 443,000 early deaths each year. Tobacco use accounts for at least 30 percent of all cancer deaths and 87 percent of lung cancer deaths.