The Mecklenburg County Health Department and TobaccoFreeMeck.org are joining with several Charlotte-area groups to support the statewide launch of “Race to Quit, NC.” The new awareness campaign, held Oct. 5-9, 2015, is dedicated to connecting tobacco users with the tools and resources they need to quit.
“Tobacco use is the most potent risk factor of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes,” said Dr. Marcus Plescia, Mecklenburg County Health Director. “Although we have made great strides in reducing smoking rates, one in five adults in North Carolina still smokes. The Race to Quit, NC initiative will amplify the dialogue about how and where to get the help needed to stop using tobacco.”
Local “Race to Quit, NC” partners include Carolinas Healthcare System, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, General Electric, Healthy Charlotte Council, Johnson and Wales University, Mecklenburg EMS Agency and Novant Health.
For a complete list of “Race to Quit, NC” partners and their quit-smoking resources, visit: http://www.ncallianceforhealth.org/race-to-quit-nc/. Throughout this week, Race to Quit partners will be using the hashtag #WhyNCQuits to share quit-smoking photos and videos on Twitter, and we invite former tobacco users and loved ones to join us. Use this hashtag to share tweets, photos and videos about why you or a loved one decided to quit. You can also follow and engage with “Race to Quit, NC” on social media using the hashtag #RacetoQuitNC.
You can call QuitlineNC at 1-800-QUIT-NOW for access to free resources.
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