HOUSTON (November 12, 2015)

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), tobacco use is responsible for nearly one in five deaths in the U.S., and it remains the nation’s single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death. However, no matter how old you are or how long you’ve smoked, quitting can help you live longer and healthier.

“The statistics are startling. If you’re a smoker, now is as good a time as any to stop,” said Merilyn Oliveros, RN, Oncology Community Outreach Nurse at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center.

ACS research shows that smokers are most successful in kicking the habit when they have support, such as:

“You don’t have to do it alone,” added Oliveros. “We have a variety of resources and programs to help you prepare for a successful quit attempt.”

Smokers can jump start their journey on November 19 during The Great American Smokeout®, an annual event that challenges people to stop using tobacco and educates them about the many tools to help them quit. Memorial Hermann Memorial City will participate and invites tobacco users to stop by 921 Gessner between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to get information about how to kick the habit.

Resources that will be discussed include: