LG Health will participate in The Great American Smokeout on Nov. 21. This nationally recognized day, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, encourages people to become or remain tobacco and nicotine free. As the use of electronic nicotine delivery devices (ENDS), or e-cigarettes and vaping, continues to increase, LG Health has expanded the day to include any device that delivers nicotine.
The harmful long and short-term effects of smoking are well known. However, communities are just now starting to understand the impact and health consequences of using unregulated ENDS devices. According to the CDC, approximately 1,604 cases of ENDS-associated lung injuries have been reported in 49 states. Thirty-four deaths have been confirmed in 24 states. At this time, the FDA and CDC have not identified the cause or causes of the lung injuries. The only commonality among all cases is that patients report the use of e-cigarette or vaping products.
LG Health will host two events on Nov. 21
- To raise awareness and provide resources for individuals interested in quitting nicotine, LG Health, in partnership with Lancaster Health Center and Lancaster Housing Authority, will host a Great American Smokeout event. The event includes materials and resources available to help anyone who is interested in starting their journey to a tobacco or nicotine free life. All community members are invited to this free event. Food, music, games, and prizes will also be available.
- Thursday, Nov. 21 from 4 – 7 pm
- San Juan Bautista Church, 425 S. Duke St., Lancaster
- Visit the LG Health Suburban Pavilion to spin the prize wheel and learn more about nicotine addiction. A variety of resources will be available for individuals interested in quitting.
- Thursday, Nov. 21 from 9 am – 1 pm
- LG Health Suburban Pavilion, 2100 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster
Educational Resources and Support
LG Health encourage businesses and organizations to learn more about quitting and provide resources and support for anyone trying to quit or reduce their use of nicotine. For resources on tobacco use and vaping, or to speak to a Health Educator at LG Health, contact Sue Lackmann at 717-544-3284.