There are few words as frightening as “you have lung cancer.” The good news is you can greatly reduce your risk for lung cancer with one decision: Don’t smoke. Cigarette smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer, linked to about 80 percent of deaths from the disease.

On May 31, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health will join the World Health Organization (WHO) and global partners to celebrate World No Tobacco Day. The annual campaign is an opportunity to raise awareness on the harmful effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure, and to discourage the use of tobacco in any form.

The 2019 World No Tobacco Day campaign focus is on tobacco and lung health, increasing awareness of the negative impact that tobacco has on lungs – from cancer to chronic respiratory disease. The day is also an opportunity to educate the public on the fundamental role lungs play for the health and well-being of all people.

The campaign serves as a call to action, advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. LG Health encourages businesses, schools and community members to raise awareness, educate their community and share resources with those considering a journey to a healthier lifestyle by quitting or reducing tobacco use. 

Lancaster General Health offers a variety of free resources to help quit smoking.

Freedom From Smoking® group classes allow you to join others in a program developed by the American Lung Association that has proven success. The sessions provide the support and tools you need to quit smoking for good, including free nicotine replacement therapy.

Individual tobacco dependence treatment counseling is an option for those who prefer more personalized help. The weekly 30-minute sessions at the Suburban Pavilion focus on developing a personalized quit plan, and again offer free NRT.

For more information, contact the LG Health Wellness Center at 717-544-3811.

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