In support of the American Cancer Society’s efforts throughout the country on the Smokeout, REACH will offer support to the north Berkshire community as well. Jennifer Civello, tobacco treatment program coordinator at REACH for Community Health at North Adams Regional Hospital, will be in the main lobby at the North Adams Regional Hospital on Thursday from 9 a.m. until noon. She will offer information on getting through the day without smoking, provide gum and candies to assist, and offer information on supportive counseling options offered through REACH.
“Current data from the Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program reports that 26% of adults in North Adams are smokers, compared to 16% statewide,” said Civello. “Clearly there is still a great need in the area to reduce smoking rates. However, the health risks, financial burden, and social stigma attached to smoking are often still not enough to help smokers kick the habit,” she added. “Difficult times are often perceived as the wrong times to try quitting; there is never an easy time, but it’s often helpful if you have a concrete date. The Great American Smokeout provides smokers with just that.”
Information: (413) 664-5567 or www.nbhealth.org