December 19, 2019
On Monday, November 18, 2019, Curry Senior Center hosted a Great American Smokeout (GASO) event with games, raffle prizes, health education, and resources for quitting smoking. Attendees visited booths with models of lungs and teeth, showing the effects of tobacco, a timeline of how the body recovers after quitting smoking, common myths about smoking and smoking cessation, and were also able to have free blood pressure screenings. In addition to informative exhibits, the event also featured an art piece made by Health Educator, Humberto Pinon, which represents the lives taken by smoking-related illness in just an 8-hour workday. Healthy snacks and “You can quit cold” Turkey Sandwiches were served for lunch, and attendees received a bag filled with giveaways and resources at the end of the event.
GASO is a national event sponsored by the American Cancer Society to raise awareness of the harmful effects of smoking and the many resources available to quit or reduce dependence on tobacco. Traditionally held on the third Thursday of November, GASO is an opportunity for the public to learn about smoking and smoking cessation and to encourage others to quit by helping them make a smoking cessation plan. Quitting smoking at any age will improve health immediately and over the long-term future.
Curry would like to thank the American Cancer Society for their assistance in making this a fun and informative event for our seniors. If you are interested in quitting smoking, please contact Health Educator, Humberto Pinon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional resources can be found at https://www.cancer.org/healthy/stay-away-from-tobacco/great-american-smokeout.html.