Quit Smoking, Even if You Don't Want To
By Kara SpakHealth and Wellness November 20, 2014
Carol Southard’s been saying it for nearly 30 years working as a tobacco cessation expert at Northwestern Medicine. On Nov. 20, she’ll be sharing her smoke-free secrets from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with former smokers on the second floor of Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Galter Pavilion for the Great American Smokeout.
“This is not about the dangers of smoking, this is about how to help people quit,” Southard said. “Most smokers want to quit and most smokers don’t know how. We’re not punishing smokers, we’re trying to help them.”
“It’s fun, formal and educational,” Southard said. “This is the 14th year we’ve been doing this and we see a combination of patients, visitors and hospital staff.”
Always held on the third Thursday of November, the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout is designed as a day for smokers to quit or to make a plan to quit.
Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet about 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes — a bit under 1 in every 5 adults, according to the American Cancer Society.
To make an appointment with Southard, visit the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine's website or call (312) 926-DOCS.