Kick that butt goodbye!

Great American Smokeout is Thursday, Nov. 17

Are you ready for this? Tobacco kills. Period. And Kentucky ranks No. 1 in lung cancer deaths nationwide. According to the American Cancer Society, cigarette smoking is the No. 1 cause of preventable death in the United States.

Mark your calendar for Thursday, Nov. 17, to commit to breaking the habit and turning those statistics around. Join the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout and make the pledge to start your own tobacco-free journey or encourage someone you know to kick that cigarette butt goodbye once and for all. Even if you quit for one day, you are taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing the risk of cancer.

Call (502) 629-1234 to register for the next Freedom From Smoking session. If you are near a Norton Healthcare facility on Thursday, Nov. 17, stop by the facility’s cafeteria during the Great American Smokeout to learn more about the benefits of quitting and remaining tobacco-free as well as tobacco cessation resources to help you on your journey.

“Tobacco addiction and the ability to quit smoking is a very complex issue,” said Joseph M. Flynn, D.O., executive director and physician-in-chief, Norton Cancer Institute.

Tobacco cessation programs like the American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking can help you navigate through the complexities of addiction and succeed in your effort to quit smoking or using tobacco.

When you sign up for the free program, you can choose between group classes, one-on-one sessions or a combination of both approaches to stop smoking.

Group classes: Meet with your group in eight sessions over seven weeks. Group classes have a maximum of 15 participants and are led by a trained facilitator. During each session, you’ll receive personalized attention and support from peers as you progress through the program.

One-on-one: Travel through the program at your own pace with the support of a trained facilitator. Your first session will be a 45-minute face-to-face meeting with your facilitator. After that, you’ll continue meeting with your facilitator by phone or in person, depending on your needs.

“This program is evidence based and uses all proven techniques to help individuals quit smoking,” Dr. Flynn said. “The employment of group sessions with other methodologies offers the most complete approach to provide an effective tool to quit.”


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