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For release: November 5, 2012

Jim Gosky 330.344.6083,
Kelly Ward-Smith 330.344.1681,

Akron General "Smoking Out" on November 15

Akron General Medical Center will celebrate the Great American Smoke Out on Thursday, November 15, from 7:30 a.m. to noon in the hospital's main lobby at 400 Wabash Avenue, Akron. Informational resources for individuals who want to quit smoking or for those wishing to help a friend become tobacco-free will be offered. The event is open to the public, as well as Akron General employees.

Helpful information will be provided from exhibitors including Akron General's Heart and Vascular Center and the McDowell Cancer Center, as well as Pfizer, Summit County Tobacco Prevention Coalition and the American Cancer Society. Akron General's Respiratory Care Department will provide free pulmonary function screenings. Cope kits to help smokers stave off the cravings will also be available.

During the event, interested individuals may enroll in a free Smoking Cessation program, presented by Kathy McCown, Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute Respiratory Therapist. McCown is also a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist. Classes will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, November 20 – December 18 in the Akron General Heart and Vascular Center. An additional class will be held on December 13. Registration for the classes is available by calling 330.344.2462.

Refreshments will be available. Behind these festivities are the efforts of Akron General to reduce the health risks associated with tobacco use in our community. If you have questions, please call Akron General's Sue Hobson, 330.344.7101.

About Akron General Health System
Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with the mission of improving the health and lives of the people and communities it serves. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 511-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, the area’s largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Community Health Ventures, which includes Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates, the largest and most comprehensive provider of home healthcare services in Ohio; and Akron General Foundation. Akron General has earned the prestigious National Research Corporation (NRC) Consumer Choice Award for 14 out of 16 years. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the seventh best hospital in Ohio and Becker’s Hospital Review named Akron General Medical Center one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit

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