The month of November is dedicated to Lung Cancer Awareness. The American Cancer Society and the American Lung Association are two organizations that coordinate nationally to assist those seeking assistance in quitting the habit, but Rush County is fortunate to have a local partnership between the Rush County Health Department and Rush Memorial Hospital to benefit those trying to quit smoking.
Did you know?
l 23% of adults in Rush County smoke.
l Rush County statistics denote higher incidence and mortality rates of lung cancer than other cancers.
l More than 50% of 5th grade students in Rush County report living with a smoker.
l 26.9% of mothers reported smoking while pregnant (2008 data.)
l Children and adolescents living with in a household with family that smoke are more likely to use tobacco products.
It is never too late to quit. The Rush County Health Department, in conjunction with Rush Memorial Hospital, offers free nicotine patches and tobacco cessation classes. If you are interested in taking the steps towards a healthier future, please contact Jena Wagner, Rush Memorial Hospital community education coordinator, at 932-7531 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Information is also available through Dixie Meyer at the
RCHD at 932-3103.