CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – What does a day without tobacco mean to you? Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) invites you to answer this question as it joins the American Cancer Society and communities across the nation in celebrating the Great American Smokeout on Thursday, November 21, 2013.
Just by quitting for a day, you will see instant benefits – saving money, improved health and having more time for yourself or your family. Maybe you’ve tried quitting several times without success, but your next quit will be one that lasts.
Smokers are encouraged to use the date to make a plan to quit or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. Research shows that smokers who make a plan and use medication and counseling are TWICE as likely to succeed in quitting for good. Stop-smoking medicines such as the nicotine patch, Zyban, and Chantix are covered by most insurance plans, including MassHealth and Commonwealth Care. Free counseling is available by calling the Massachusetts Smokers’ Helpline at 1-800-784-8669.
Look for CHA information tables on the Great American Smokeout in the lobbies of CHA’s Cambridge, Somerville, and Whidden (Everett) Hospital campuses, its Windsor Street Health Center in Cambridge, and the Revere Family Health Center on Thursday, November 21, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
For more information on the American Cancer Society and the Great American Smokeout, visit http://www.cancer.org/healthy/stayawayfromtobacco/greatamericansmokeout/index.
The Cambridge Health Alliance Tobacco Treatment Program offers information and counseling in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Haitian Creole for those who are ready to quit smoking or are thinking about quitting. CHA also provides training and education to the public on secondhand smoke and smoking cessation. For CHA patients, a six-session group is available to help patients quit and stay quit with the support of others. Visit www.challiance.org and click on “Tobacco Treatment” under the “Community” tab or call 617-591-6922.
Cambridge Health Alliance is a vital and innovative community health system that provides essential services to Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities. It includes three hospital campuses, a network of primary care and specialty practices, and the Cambridge Public Health Dept. CHA is a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate and is also affiliated with Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and Tufts University School of Medicine. For more information, visit www.challiance.org.