The Great American Smokeout -- set this Thursday nationwide -- annually reminds us that quitting smoking is essential for good health. But the most at-risk populations in New York haven’t been able to quit on this day -- or any other. Tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable disease and death, killing nearly 24,000 New Yorkers every year and afflicting nearly 600,000 New Yorkers with serious disease directly attributable to their smoking.
Tobacco is not an equal opportunity killer – there has been no reduction in smoking rates among low income adults, adults with poor mental health and those with less than a high school education.
In observance of the Great American Smokeout, POW’R Against Tobacco, along with partners Center for A Tobacco Free Hudson Valley, the Orange County Health Department and The Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center, will be hosting a table of tobacco control education as well as cessation resources at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Kaplan Family Pavilion, 147 Lake St., Newburgh. Immediately following, from noon-1 p.m., the GHVFHC will host an informative and empowering “Lunch and Learn,” in which participants will learn about the dangers of smoking and how hypnosis and acupuncture can help them remain tobacco-free. This event is one of several that the Hudson Valley Tobacco Free Partners will be participating in throughout all seven counties in the region.
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