Health department helps smokers quit

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Lung Cancer Awareness begins this month and the community is doing its best to help smokers quit.

Lung cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for adults ages 45 to 74 in Bibb County. According to the Macon-Bibb County Health Department,  the smoking rate in the county is about 22.9%. That is higher than the state and national averages.

In honor of lung cancer awareness month, the health department is trying to help smokers quit.

Health education supervisor, Camille Watson, and her department are visiting work places to encourage smokers to quit.

“Most people want to quit smoking and it takes several quit attempts,” Watson said. “So we just want to encourage them to quit smoking.”

The health department will provide “quit kits” in exchange for a pack of cigarettes. The kits include gum, hard candy, and sunflower seeds to help ease the process.

If you want the health department to visit your work place, call Camille Watson at (478) 749-0113.

Categories: Bibb County, Local News

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