Whidbey General Hospital

Join the Great American Smokeout

Celebrate the 2014 Great American Smokeout at Whidbey General on Thursday, Nov. 20, by learning how you or a loved one can become tobacco-free.
Join the Great American Smokeout

Freedom from tobacco is possible! Participate in the Great American Smokeout and learn how you can become tobacco-free!

Start a tobacco-free life during the Great American Smokeout

Every year on the Great American Smokeout, the American Cancer Society asks those who use tobacco to consider stopping for one day.

This year’s Smokeout is Thursday, Nov. 20.

Whidbey General will celebrate the Smokeout by hosting an information table in the hospital lobby from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with brochures, hands-on demonstrations and information on FREE RESOURCES for becoming tobacco-free.


Get free, expert assistance

Katherine Riddle, Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist and respiratory therapist, will answer your questions and discuss the many available tools for quitting. If you or someone you know is thinking of becoming tobacco-free, please join us. Whidbey General is a valuable community partner in efforts to quit tobacco, not just on the Great American Smokeout, but all year long.

Our free one-hour tobacco information and support session will be held Wednesday, Nov. 19 and Wednesday. Dec. 17 at the hospital.

Becoming Tobacco Free, a four-week class, begins Jan. 7, 2015. There is no cost to attend.

Don’t delay — a life free from tobacco is possible!

Contact Katherine Riddle to learn more at 360-678-7656, ext. 2130 or 360-321-7656, ext. 2130.


Did you know?

    • Cigarettes contain ammonia, formaldehyde, arsenic, cyanide, polonium 210, cadmium, and acetone, to name just a few of the 69 known cancer-causing chemical additives.
    • 87% of all lung cancer deaths are caused by cigarette smoking.
    • Heavy smoking (two packs per day or more) increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 157% and vascular dementia by 172%. Vascular dementia, caused by problems in blood supply to the brain, is the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer’s.
    • Tobacco use is directly linked to increased risk of cataracts and osteoporosis.
    • 82% of chronic obstructive lung disease is caused by tobacco use.
    • The nicotine content of 8-10 dips or chews equals 1 ½ -2 packs of cigarettes.
    • Smoking can double to quadruple the risk of developing heart disease or stroke.


Tips for joining the Great American Smokeout

    • Take the day off from using tobacco.
    • Sign up for a FREE tobacco cessation class.
    • If you are a parent, talk with your children about the hazards and addiction of tobacco use.


Quitting? Now what?

    • Go for a walk during your tobacco breaks at work, or before or after meals.
    • Take up a new hobby.
    • Keep something healthy in your car to munch on.
    • Learn to deep breathe and practice stress relief techniques.
    • Enjoy your new freedom from tobacco and share your success story with others.
    • If you have lung disease, ask your health care provider for a referral to a pulmonary wellness program.



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