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For release: November 1, 2013

Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014,
Kelly Ward-Smith 330.344.1681,

Akron General “Smoking Out” on November 21
Get information and support to put tobacco use behind you

Akron General Medical Center will celebrate the Great American Smoke Out on Thursday, November 21, from 8 a.m. to noon in the hospital's main lobby at 1 Akron General Ave., 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 and the American Cancer Society. Akron General's Respiratory Care Department will provide free pulmonary function screenings. Pick up cope kits to help smokers stave off the cravings, as well as information on low-cost lung cancer screenings offered through Akron General.

During the event, interested individuals may enroll in a free Smoking Cessation program, presented by Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialists. Classes will be held on Tuesdays, November 19 - December 17 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Akron General Heart and Vascular Center. 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 health care 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 532-registered-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; and Akron General Foundation. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the fifth best hospital in Ohio. In 2013, the American Nurses Association bestowed the prestigious “Magnet” status on the more that 1,000 nurses from Akron General Medical Center, Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute and the Health System’s Health & Wellness Centers. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit

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