On Thursday, Nov. 20, people who want to quit smoking can visit CVMC’s
Health First Center at Valley Hills Mall and Comprehensive Cancer Center,
along with all 10 of the Catawba Valley Family Medicine (CVFM) practices,
to get information to help them with their goal. This event encourages
smokers to give up their cigarettes for a day in the hopes of inspiring
them to become full-time quitters. Survival kits and smoking cessation
information will be available throughout the day, just drop by the Health
First Center to pick one up. A list of CVFM locations and directions are
available at http://www.cvmgonline.com.
“We know that lung cancer is killing more Americans than any other
form of the disease,” said Peggy Messick, RN, BSN, OCN, Disease
CVMC has increased its involvement with the American Cancer Society’s
(ACS) Great American Smokeout. The event encourages smokers to use the
date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that
day. By quitting — even for one day — smokers will be taking
an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to
reducing cancer risk.
“Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease
and premature death in the US, yet about 43.8 million Americans still
smoke cigarettes — nearly 1 in every 5 adults,” said Messick.
“The Great American Smokeout is an opportunity for people to get
information and use the day to try and quit smoking. We hope this gives
people a jump on their New Year’s Resolutions and helps them quit
For more information about quitting smoking, the Great American Smokeout
and the CT lung screening, please visit http://www.catawbavalleymedical.org
or call 828/732-6065.