Halifax Health to Host Great American Smokeout® Event on November 15

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. – (November 12, 2018) –  Halifax Health is encouraging area residents to commit or recommit to healthy, smoke-free lives by participating in the American Cancer Society’s 43rd Great American Smokeout® on Thursday, November 15, 2018.  On that day, Halifax Health will host a Great American Smokeout® event that will feature expert speakers, educational resources for smoking cessation, refreshments and promotional giveaways.  The event will take place from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at Halifax Health Medical Center of Daytona Beach, 303 North Clyde Morris Boulevard, in the France Tower in Meeting Room E. 

The event’s featured speakers will include medical oncologist and hematologist Zafar Latif, M.D.; pulmonologist Steven White, M.D., P.A.; and representatives from the American Cancer Society and Florida Department of Health – Volusia County.  To RSVP for this event, call 386.425.4615 or visit events@halifaxhealth.org.

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, accounting for 29 percent of all cancer deathsIn fact, smoking cigarettes kills more Americans than alcohol, car accidents, HIV, guns, and illegal drugs combined.  Smoking not only causes cancer.  It damages nearly every organ in the body, including the lungs, heart, blood vessels, reproductive organs, mouth, skin, eyes, and bones.

Addiction to nicotine in cigarettes is one of the strongest and most deadly addictions one can have.  While cigarette smoking rates have dropped (from 42 percent in 1965 to 15.5 percent in 2016), about 37.8 million Americans smoke cigarettes.  Each year, approximately 20 million American smokers try to quit, representing more than half of the 37.8 million smokers in the U.S.  Only about 1.4 million (7 percent) succeed.  An even greater percentage of smokers (68 percent) report being interested in quitting.

According to the October 2017 public health data brief released by the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County, Volusia County maintained a consistently higher rate of tobacco-related cancer deaths than the state of Florida.  The public health data brief also reported that in 2016, 48 percent of residents were determined as tobacco users at the time of their death.  Fifty-nine percent of tobacco-related deaths in Volusia County were due to lung cancer.   

Quitting is hard.  It takes commitment and starts with a plan, often takes more than one quit attempt, and requires a lot of support.  Getting help through counseling and/or prescription medications can double or triple your chances of quitting successfully.  Support is also important.  Smoking cessation programs, telephone quit lines, the American Cancer Society’s Freshstart program, Nicotine Anonymous meetings, self-help materials such as books and pamphlets, and smoking counselors or coaches can be a great help.

Halifax Health 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 cancer.org/smokeout or by calling 1.800.227.2345.

About Halifax Health

Recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, Halifax Health serves Volusia and Flagler counties, providing a continuum of healthcare services through a network of organizations including a tertiary hospital, community hospital, freestanding emergency department, an urgent care, psychiatric services, a cancer treatment center with five outreach locations, the area’s largest hospice, a center for inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, primary care walk-in clinics, a walk-in clinic specializing in women’s health, a pediatric care community clinic, three children’s medical practices, a home healthcare agency, and an exclusive provider organization.  Halifax Health offers the area’s only Level II Trauma Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Emergency Department, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Services, complete Neurosurgical Services, OB Emergency Department and Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that cares for babies born as early as 28 weeks.  For more information, visit halifaxhealth.org.

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