Jackson County groups ready to help you quit smoking

The annual “Great American Smokeout” is coming up and groups in Jackson County want to help smokers quit.

On Thursday, Nov. 21, smokers nationwide will be encouraged to quit smoking as part of the nationwide event, which takes place the third Thursday of every November.

Schneck Medical Center, Healthy Jackson County-Decreasing Tobacco Use Workgroup, and the American Cancer Society are partnering to support this cause.

“We’re inviting people to commit to healthy, smoke-free lives. To quit smoking is extremely difficult. Just the idea can be intimidating. However, with the right support, the chances for success spike,” said Dr. David Wilson, Schneck Pulmonology and Medical Director of Healthy Jackson County-Decreasing Tobacco Use Workgroup.

The annual event challenges people to quit smoking for at least 24 hours with the goal that the decision not to smoke will last longer, ideally forever. According the American Cancer Society, quitting, even for one day, reduces cancer risk.

“The Great American Smokeout is the perfect occasion to commit or recommit to kicking this life-threatening habit. You don’t have to quit in a day—we’re encouraging people to use this platform as a first step in their journey toward a tobacco-free life,” said Dr. Wilson.

Schneck Medical Center and the Jackson County Health Department offer a free smoking cessation program. Call 812-522-0401 or 812-522-6474 to learn more.