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KDMC presents Great American Smokeout activities Nov. 19 at Kyova Mall

The King’s Daughters Lung Health program is hosting activities to observe the Great American Smokeout®  on Thursday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Kyova Mall. Free health screenings will be provided, including cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, blood oxygen levels and lung function tests. Tobacco, stroke and heart education and tobacco cessation information will be available. Appointments are not required and fasting is not needed. For more information or to find out about the KDMC Smoking Cessation program, please call (606) 408-6400.

Since 1977, the American Cancer Society has sponsored the Great American Smokeout the third Thursday in November. The purpose of the event is to encourage smokers to quit smoking and to quit using tobacco products, for at least one day, with the hope that they will quit completely. The event challenges people to stop using tobacco, helps raise awareness about the dangers of smoking and tobacco use, and educates smokers about the many effective ways available to quit smoking permanently. Research shows that smokers are most successful in kicking the habit when they have some means of support, such as nicotine replacement products, counseling, prescription medicine to reduce cravings, support groups, and the encouragement of healthcare providers, family and friends.

Some facts about smoking:

  • Smoking kills more Americans than homicides, suicides, automobile accidents, fires, alcohol, drugs and AIDS combined.
  • Lung cancer is the No. 1 cause of cancer deaths worldwide, and 80 percent of all lung cancer cases are caused by smoking.
  • Smoking doubles the risk of kidney and bladder cancers.
  • Smoking is the leading cause of stroke.
  • Secondhand smoke contains twice as much tar and nicotine as the smoke inhaled by a smoker and is proven to cause cancer.

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