The “World No Tobacco Day” will be celebrated on May 31. To mark it, Lancaster General Health will be holding sessions throughout the month to help Lancastrians quit tobacco.

During a tobacco-free day rally at the Capital, LG Health health educator Sue Lackmann (second from right) and students and leaders from The Factory Ministries in Pequea Valley and The Mix at Arbor Place in Lancaster City urged legislators to raise the legal age to buy cigarettes and other tobacco products from 18 to 21. The group met with Stephanie Buchanan (left), legislative director for Senator Ryan Aument.

On May 2, more than 400 students from across the state attended a Tobacco-Free Day at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, including students and leaders from The Factory Ministries in Pequea Valley and The Mix at Arbor Place in Lancaster City. They asked legislators to raise the legal age to buy cigarettes and other tobacco products from 18 to 21.

During the rest of May, LG Health will be holding tobacco use cessation sessions with students and others, including its seven-week Freedom from Smoking® program. Program participants are provided with free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) like the patch, gum or lozenge as grant funding allows.

LG Health also encourages area businesses to acknowledge No Tobacco Day and to talk with their employees about why it is important to be tobacco free. In addition, area organizations are being asked to review their tobacco policies to ensure they contain language about the use of electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices, as well as their insurance coverage to check that it includes all seven of the FDA-approved tobacco dependence treatment medications. 

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