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GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT: EGH help smokers kick the habit

Published On: Nov 21 2013 07:17:12 PM CST

Smokers trying to kick the habit received some help from Elkhart General Hospital on Thursday, the day of the Great American Smokeout.


On Thursday, Elkhart General Hospital took part in a nationwide campaign to help smokers kick the habit.

Staffers helped celebrate the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout.

They provided a variety of games, fun activities and strategies to inform people about the dangers of smoking in hopes they can convince them to quit smoking for one day.

"Smoking is extremely addictive," said Toni Klatt-Ellis, an Oncology-Advance practicing nurse. "It's very hard to quit. We are not here to condemn anybody, because we recognize as health care professionals how hard it is to quit. We are just here to encourage people to give it up for one day, because sometimes, one day can lead to the rest of your life."

Recent research has indicated more than 80% of smokers in Indiana have a desire to quit.