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Join KDMC on Nov. 18 for Great American Smokeout Activities

Participate in the Great American Smokeout with King’s Daughters Medical Center 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, at Kroger, 370 Diedrich Blvd., Ashland. Appointments are not needed.

The American Cancer Society is recognizing the 35th Great American Smokeout by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.

The KDMC event will offer free health screenings, to include measurements of:

  • blood pressure
  • blood oxygen levels
  • lung function testing
  • heart rate
  • in addition, tobacco education and cessation handouts will be available

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

For additional information about the Great American Smokeout event on Nov. 18, or for details about KDMC’s tobacco cessation classes, please call 1.888.377.KDMC (5362) or KDMC’s Lung Health Services at 606.408.6400. 

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