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Butt Out! IU Health West Offers Quit Kits During Great American Smokeout

An IU Health West Hospital Release

— Statistics show that 70 percent of smokers want to quit, but may not know how to start…or they may have made unsuccessful attempts in the past. Kicking the tobacco habit is not easy; however, being smoke free can improve day-to-day life substantially.

Indiana University Health West Hospital joins the American Cancer Society for the 37th annual Great American Smokeout on Thursday, November 15, by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life, one with a significantly reduced cancer risk.

Kicking the tobacco habit offers a host of benefits, some of which you’ll notice almost immediately while others develop gradually over a few weeks. The prospect of better health is a major reason for quitting, but there are others as well. These rewards can improve your day-to-day life substantially:

  • Food tastes better
  • Sense of smell returns to normal
  • Ordinary activities no longer leave you out of breath (climbing stairs, light housework, etc.)

IU Health West is here to help make the transition to a smoke-free/tobacco-free life as smooth as possible. To learn more about IU Health West’s smoking cessation program, or to register for an upcoming session please call 317.217.3477, or email Future class session dates are also available online at

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet more than 46 million Americans continue to smoke. Stop smoking stress kits and information will be available at the emergency department entrance or at IU Health West Hospital’s main entrance throughout the day for guests and visitors.

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