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Smokeout helps smokers kick addiction in the ‘butt’

Smokeout helps smokers kick addiction in the ‘butt’

Smokeout helps smokers kick addiction in the ‘butt’ (U.S. Air Force illustration by Airman 1st Class Emily Bradley/Released)

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- Smoking is the most preventable death in the American society, but it still kills nearly 443,000 people a year, according to the American Cancer Society. However, Airmen and family members looking to overcome their addiction with the Great American Smokeout can find support from the 36th Medical Operations Squadron Health and Wellness Center.

The Great American Smokeout, hosted by the American Cancer Society, encourages smokers to use the date, which varies each year, to make a plan to quit or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. The Great American Smokeout is recognized the third Thursday of November and was held on Nov. 21 this year.

People who are ready to quit smoking can talk to their primary care physician, their dentist or the HAWC for a range of information and support.

The HAWC offers a monthly course called Tobacco Cessation which educates about the dangers of smoking, helps people make plans to quit and teaches the most effective methods for quitting, for good.

Smoking is an expensive habit that can be potentially fatal, which in turn can also impact mission readiness and fitness.

For more information about quitting smoking, make an appointment by contacting the HAWC at 366-3199 or a physician at 366-9355.