UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Wednesday, March 19 kicked off national Take Action: Kick Butts Day, a day to educate the community about leading a healthier lifestyle specifically by giving up tobacco use.
The event was hosted by Faxton St. Luke's Healthcare's Tri-County Quits Tobacco Cessation Program at the Sangertown Square Mall in New Hartford. Volunteers from the organization camped out at a kiosk, handing out educational materials and awaiting for smokers to show up, ready to give up their tobacco products. The community got the chance to see the difference between healthy and unhealthy pig lungs.
In exchange, those who gave up tobacco received goodies like gift cards, tote bags and coffee mugs.
Eileen Gleason the Tobacco Cessation Coordinator at Faxton St. Lukes said eight people quit today, " We know tobacco use and smoking is the number one killer in the US. In New York State alone we have 25,000 people a year who are dying from tobacco use from diseases that are being caused by that. The national rate and New York State rate is 18 percent. Oneida-Herkimer-Madison County, our tri-county, 22-25 percent of people smoke. It's important for the public to know there is assistance out there."
The Tri-County Quits Tobacco Cessation Program is always available to help those in need. Those interested can call (315) 624-5639 to receive education on the topic.