Great American Smokeout

The American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout is on Thursday, Nov. 19, this year, to encourage smokers to quit for a day in the hopes they will quit for good.

This year Human Response Network’s Tobacco Education Program will be celebrating the Great American Smokeout virtually and with a gift card giveaway. During the week of Nov. 16-20 come by Human Response Network at 111 Mountain View St. in Weaverville for a free quit kit and be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card. You can also call HRN at 623-2024 to request a quit kit be mailed to you.

Follow Human Response Network on Facebook and challenge yourself to quit using tobacco on Nov. 19 by taking an online pledge to share with your family and friends why you are choosing to quit tobacco.

How does quitting smoking affect your health? After 20 minutes your heart rate and blood pressure drop. Anywhere from two weeks to three months your circulation improves, and your lung function increases. From one to nine months coughing and shortness of breath decrease. After one year your risk from heart disease is half of someone that smokes and your chance for a heart attack dramatically drops.

Make the healthy choice and stop smoking today!

For more resources to help quit smoking, call the California Smokers’ Helpline at 1- 800-NO-BUTTS or visit www.nobutts.org. For assistance to quit vaping they have a dedicated line, 1-844-8-NO-VAPE or visit www.nobutts.org/quitvaping. They also have apps for your phone available as well as coaching assistance from your Alexa device.

Human Response Network is a nonprofit community-based organization that serves Trinity County. HRN provides many services, including tobacco prevention education, parenting programs, child care resources, and support for sexual assault and domestic violence victims. To find out more, contact Human Response Network at 623-2024 or visit www.hrntrinity.org.

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