The Great American Smokeout arrives Thursday

11/17/2015 By Sue Cody

 

acspc-046096Free kits to encourage people to quit smoking will be available Thursday, during the Great American Smokeout. The program, called GASO for short, began in 1970 and has grown to a national event to encourage people who use tobacco products to quit or to make a plan to quit.

 

The cigarette smoking rate for pregnant women in Clatsop County (18%) is twice as high as the national average and 60% higher than the rest of Oregon.

 

Medical costs associated with tobacco use in Clatsop County are estimated at $15 million annually. Cigarette smoking among adults in Clatsop County (22%), is higher than the rest of Oregon, (19%).

 

Tobacco use remains the No. 1 preventable cause of death and disease in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. The health benefits of quitting start immediately. Statistics show the chance of heart attack decreases, blood flow improves and the risk of cancer decreases.

 

Quit kits, containing quit tips, a straw, paper clip, hard candy and more, will be dispersed at various locations in Clatsop County, including some coffee shops, The Harbor, Columbia Memorial Hospital and Providence Seaside Hospital.

 

The idea is to use the items in the quit kit instead of tobacco.

 

For more information regarding GASO or tobacco cessation services, contact Alissa Dorman, Tobacco Cessation Coordinator, 503-325-4321, ext. 5758 or at alissa_dorman@columbiamemorial.org.