The Great American Smokeout is Thursday, November 21stLocal Smoking Cessation Program Available


Jackson Hospital supports and promotes The American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Great American Smokeout, which is Thursday, November 21st. This year is the 38th annual Smokeout aimed at encouraging smokers to make a plan to quit, or quit smoking that day. By not smoking the day of the Great American Smokeout, “smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk,” according to the Society’s website.

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet more than 43.8 million Americans still smoke. According to the website there were also 13.2 million cigar smokers in the US and 2.2 million who smoke tobacco in pipes – other dangerous and addictive forms of tobacco.

Quitting is hard, but you can increase your chances of success with help. Jackson Hospital offers a free tobacco-cessation program with the next series beginning in January 2014. The curriculum used for the program was developed by ex-smokers for those who want to become ex-smokers themselves. Better Breathers support groups are also available on the 2nd Friday of every month at 2:00 pm in the hospital’s classroom. Jackson Hospital is located at 4250 Hospital Drive, Marianna, FL.

Jackson Hospital’s mission is to provide exceptional healthcare to every patient, every day. The hospital is growing with the renovation of our Labor and Delivery Suites, Radiology Department, and Infusion Center. The Hospital now has 29 physicians on its Active Staff, and offers specialties such as Cardiology, Hematology/Medical Oncology, OB/GYN, Orthopedics/Sports Medicine, General Surgery, and Urology.

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For more information, please contact Katharine Dozier, Public Relations and Marketing Director, at 850-718-2696 or email

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