Macon-Bibb leaders ‘trash the ash’ in effort to reduce county-wide smoking rate

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Lung cancer is the second leading cause of death for residents in Macon-Bibb County.

The county’s health department released that statistic on Friday, along with noting the county’s smoking rate is above the state and national average.
November is “Lung Cancer Awareness Month” and leaders are trying to convince smokers to “trash the ash” and quit the habit on November 19.

“You know there’s an incubation period to giving up an addictive habit. It takes a lot of courage and by thinking about it now, that can be their quit day. We’re going to make resources available throughout the community to be able to support them,” Nancy White, the administrator for the Macon-Bibb County Health Department, said.

“The Great American Smoke Out” is on November 19. The health department is hosting an event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be opportunities to learn more about the effects of smoking, giveaways, and food.

The Macon-Bibb County Health Department is located at 171 Emery Highway, Macon, Georgia 31217.

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