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MCCG Encourages Community to Quit Smoking for A Day

MCCG Encourages Community to Quit Smoking for A Day

Local Smokers Encouraged to Turn In Their Packs for Incentives  

MACON, GA (Thursday, November 8, 2012)   The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) will participate in The American Cancer Society’s 37th Annual Great American Smokeout on Thursday, November 15. Smokers are urged to use this day to create a plan to quit or event quit smoking for the day in hopes that they will quit for good.

To take the first step to health and wellness, tobacco users are encouraged to turn in their pack(s) of cigarettes or other tobacco products for a free goodie bag that includes a t-shirt, stress help kit and educational aids. Smokers may trade in their packs at the following locations:

  • Heartworks, 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    • The Albert Luce Heart Institute at MCCG, 777 Hemlock Street, Macon
  • The Macon Health Club, 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    • 389 First Street, Macon
  • All Spice Café, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    • MCCG’s Main Cafeteria, 777 Hemlock Street, Macon
  • The Wellness Center, 5:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    • 3797 Northside Drive, Macon

According to the American Cancer Society, tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of premature death in the United States. Smoking accounts for 438,000 premature deaths annually and 38,000 nonsmokers die annually as a result of secondhand smoke. MCCG asks smokers to participate in the Great American Smokeout, and calls on nonsmokers to encourage their coworkers, family and friends to participate as well.

For those interested, MCCG sponsors a free, four-week American Cancer Society “Fresh Start” smoking cessation class each month. For more information, contact Heartworks, a service of MCCG, at (478) 633-9090.

For additional information on the Great American Smokeout, contact Heartworks or visit www.cancer.org/smokeout


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