News release

11/9/2017 12:00:00 AM EASTERN
Updated: 11/9/2017 2:18:21 PM EASTERN
For more information, contact Laura Shea.
Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center Encourages Tobacco-Free Living During Great American Smokeout

Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center is encouraging members of our community to commit or recommit to healthy, tobacco-free lives by participating in the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout on November 16, 2017.  Shannon VanHouse, RN, certified tobacco cessation specialist at Claxton-Hepburn will be hosting a support group on the day of the Great American Smokeout, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Medical Center’s Hess Auditorium.  All who have quit tobacco and those trying to stop are encouraged to attend the group meeting.  Additionally, Mrs. VanHouse provides free individual tobacco treatment counseling Monday through Friday by appointments.  She can be reached at 315-713-5116.

VanHouse states, “The most important thing smokers can do to improve their health is to quit cigarettes.”  She continues, “As leaders in promoting health and wellness, we are showing our support for people who take those first steps toward making a plan to quit.”

According to the American Cancer Society, tobacco use is the single most significant preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States.  About half of all Americans who keep smoking will die because of the habit.  Each year more than 480,000 people in the United States die from illness related to tobacco use.  Smoking causes about 1 out of 5 deaths in the U.S. annually.

Because tobacco is one of the strongest addictions one can have, about 40 million American adults still smoke.  Doctors and public health officials used to encourage smokers to quit cold turkey on a single day.  Today, the evidence shows that quitting is a process.  It starts with a plan, often takes time and requires a lot of support.

Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center is partnering with the American Cancer Society, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide support as people make their plan to quit.  More information is available at or by calling 1-800-227-2345.

Mrs. VanHouse concluded, Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center wants to help the people in our community to be healthy and happy.”  She continued, “During this year’s Great American Smokeout, we hope everyone will join us—and encourage their friends, family, and colleagues to join us—in committing or recommitting to year-around, tobacco-free lives.”  Your tomorrow is worth defending.