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When It Comes to Smoking, It's OK to be a Quitter

Events on Tuesday in Pittsburg and San Pablo, on Wednesday and Thursday in Martinez


Friday, November 9, 2012



Archived. This is an older press release from 2012 and may not contain the latest information. Please view our current press releases for 2014 items.


What:

Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) is encouraging smokers to "be a quitter" for at least 24 hours as part of the annual Great American Smokeout on Nov. 15. CCHS will be offering "Quit Kits" to help smokers kick the habit, as well as free lung screenings before and on the day of the Smokeout. The Quit Kits will include items to help tobacco-users curb their cravings such as stress balls, cinnamon sticks and coupons for smoking cessation aids. The lung screenings or "spirometry" tests provide quick results and can detect the early onset of lung disease. The Great American Smokeout, a national event started by the American Cancer Society 37 years ago, encourages smokers to quit for at least 24 hours and make a plan to quit permanently.

Who:

Anyone who wants to quit smoking is welcome.

When & Where:

Tuesday, Nov. 13: Lung screenings and Quit Kits will be offered at West County Health Center (13601 San Pablo Ave., San Pablo) and Pittsburg Health Center (2311 Loveridge Rd., Pittsburg) from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Wednesday & Thursday, Nov. 14-15: Lung Screenings and Quit Kits will be offered at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center (2500 Alhambra Ave, Martinez) and Martinez Health Center (located next to CCRMC) from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Quit Kits also will be available on these days at all our Health Centers (located in Antioch, Bay Point, Brentwood, Concord, Martinez, North Richmond, Pittsburg and San Pablo).

Why:

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. The Great American Smokeout helps smokers take an important first step toward leading longer, healthier lives.

For more information, please visit cancer.org/smokeout or cchealth.org. To find addresses for the Health Centers, visit cchealth.org/services/centers_clinics/by_city.php

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