Pre-Great Am Smokeout Event Helps To ‘Kick Butts’

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NEW BRUNSWICK – This year the American Cancer Society’s Great American SmokeOut® will be held nationwide on Nov. 18, encouraging smokers to quit for the day en route to quitting for good.

It is not easy to quit cold turkey and taking steps to prepare can make the difference between kicking the habit for just a day or for a longer period of time. That is why The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) in collaboration with the UMDNJ-Tobacco Dependence Program, Healthier New Brunswick and the Middlesex County Public Health Department, is hosting an education seminar on Nov. 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. entitled “Kicking Butts: Are You Ready for the Great American SmokeOut?” CINJ is a Center of Excellence of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

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Cigarette smoking, which claims 438,000 lives each year, is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States according to the National Cancer Institute. Of that number, 38,000 deaths are caused by exposure to secondhand smoke. Between 80 and 90 percent of lung cancers are caused by cigarette smoking and are completely preventable, yet lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of men and women in the United States.

The seminar to be held at the UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Clinical Academic Building (CAB) auditorium at 125 Paterson Street in New Brunswick will provide individuals with information on what they are up against in their efforts to stop smoking, what the options are and how CINJ and a strong community and family support system can help.  Parking for attendees will be free along with giveaways, refreshments and carbon monoxide screenings.

For more information about the event or tips on quitting smoking, call Donna Richardson at 1-732-235-8222 or visit http://www.cinj.org/outreach/smokeoutrsvp.php to register. Walk-ins are also welcome.


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