Macon-Bibb County Health Department hosts event to help smokers quit
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Health experts say about one out of every five deaths in the country is related to smoking.
The Macon-Bibb County Health Department hosted an event that it hopes can change lives.
The ‘Annual Great American Smokeout’ encourages smokers to quit.
Organizers say they hope the event helps reduce the numbers in Middle Georgia.
“I hope they have learned something that they didn’t know before from coming here and that they share it,” says Brian Taylor who interns with the Macon-Bibb County Health Department.
Local health experts and health care providers spoke about the dangers of smoking and shared real life experiences.
Long time users can experience lung cancer or even death.
“If everyone in the United States quit smoking, we would ugh one out of three cancer deaths will not happen,” adds Registered Nurse of Medical Center Navicent Health, Susan Smoak.
Smoak also says smoking is the leading preventable cause of death.
Navicent Health Medical Center has three locations where anyone would like to drop off their packs of cigarettes in exchange for a packet of tips and tools to help quit smoking.
Those locations are: The Wellness Center on Northside Drive, The Macon Health Club on First Street in downtown Macon, and Cardiopulmonary Rehab at the Medical Center Navicent Health.