November 8, 2010 - Selby General Hospital and Wendy’s Restaurants Help Clean the Air

Selby General Hospital is partnering with Wendy's restaurants during the Great American Smokeout on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010. The Belpre Wendy’s and the Marietta Pike Street Wendy’s are conducting a pack exchange from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Anyone turning in their pack of cigarettes or smokeless tobacco (snuff, spit or dip) will receive a coupon for a FREE combo meal. The Belpre Elementary Right Choice Club will be at the Belpre Wendy’s location with signs encouraging participants to stop using tobacco products.

All this is part of the Great American Smokeout, the American Cancer Society’s program to generate awareness about the importance of being tobacco free. About 44 percent of the 45.3 million Americans who smoke have attempted to quit for at least one day in the past year, and the Great American Smokeout remains a great opportunity to encourage people to commit to making a long-term plan to quit for good.

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. Each year, smoking accounts for an estimated 438,000 premature deaths, including 38,000 deaths among nonsmokers as a result of secondhand smoke. Half of all Americans who continue to smoke will die from smoking-related diseases.

For more information on quitting resources call Stephanie Davis, Washington County Tobacco Prevention project, at (740) 374-2229.

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