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November 20. 2013 6:23PM

VAMC Manchester : Try quitting smoking today

MANCHESTER — The VAMC Manchester would like to help you quit smoking.

Each year on the third Thursday in November is the Great American Smokeout, a day initiated by the American Cancer Society to encourage smokers to quit for a day in hopes they may quit for a lifetime.

Each year, approximately 440,000 Americans die of smoking-related illnesses and an estimated 50,000 non-smokers die of illnesses related to secondhand smoke.

On Thursday, Nov. 21, from 8 to 11 a.m. in the training and education Room, the VAMC Manchester will have health care staff available to provide information on quitting tobacco, nicotine replacement therapy information, and VA resources for veterans and staff.

No appointment necessary, just walk-in.

The center is sponsoring a "take back" day where veterans and staff can turn in tobacco items, and sign a pledge. Tobacco cessation displays will also be available.

More than 3 million Americans are successful in quitting each year. At any given time, 70 percent of all smokers say that they want to quit.

And now more than ever, there are numerous effective treatment options to help support any tobacco user in his or her attempt to quit using tobacco for good. These treatment options include brief counseling by a health care provider, nicotine replacement therapy or other smoking cessation medications, smoking cessation support services, free VA and state-based telephone counseling quit lines, and other online services.

For more information, contact Kathleen Sherman, 624-4366, ext. 6439; or visit www.publichealth.va.gov/smoking.


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