The Greatest Louisville Smokeout on Nov. 21

November 19, 2019

Shawnee Christian Healthcare Center in collaboration with Bridges of Hope Neighborhood Place and other community partners are hosting “The Greatest Louisville Smokeout” this Thurs., Nov. 21, 2019. The event is free to the public and runs from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Parkhill Community Center, 1703 South 13th St.

The Greatest Louisville Smokeout focuses on connecting the community to promote smoking cessation, with a special focus on reaching out to public housing residents. Shawnee staff will be on hand to answer questions about QuitLine – a telephone-based support program that provides quality and effective treatment for people who want to quit smoking – as well as share information about medications, health services, and one-on-one coaching. Free health screenings, cooking demonstrations, a photo booth and games as well as free food, drinks and giveaways will also be featured.

The event is part of the Great American Smokeout, a national recognition held each year on the third Thursday in November.  Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, the Great American Smokeout encourages and offers support to smokers to make a plan to quit smoking or to quit smoking on the day of the event. 

“The theme of our local Smokeout event is superheroes because we believe anyone who quits or tries to quit tobacco is a hero for wanting to kick the habit,” said Dr. Christopher Sperry, a physician and medical director at Shawnee Christian Healthcare Center. “Quitting smoking isn’t easy -- it takes time and a plan. Let the Smokeout event on November 21 be your day to start your journey toward a smoke-free life.  You’ll be joining thousands of people who smoke across the country in taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing your cancer risk.”

“Neighborhood Place is proud to help host The Greatest Louisville Smokeout to help bring together local organizations and individuals who can help residents access the resources and support needed to quit smoking,” said Nannette Dix, Administrator of Bridges of Hope Neighborhood Place.  “We look forward to celebrating those who have already quit, and those who are trying to quit.”

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 34 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and smoking remains the single largest preventable cause of death and illness in the world. Smoking causes an estimated 480,000 deaths every year, or about one in five deaths. And more than 16 million Americans live with a smoking-related disease. While the cigarette smoking rate has dropped significantly, from 42% in 1965 to 14% in 2017, smoking is still a large public health opportunity.

Community partners supporting The Greatest Louisville Smokeout include the Louisville Metro Housing Authority, Kentucky Cancer Program, Kentucky Department for Public Health, Bridges of Hope Neighborhood Place and Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness.

For more information about the event, contact Celine Mutuyemariya, Community Health Worker with the Shawnee Christian Healthcare Center at (502) 341-0694.