Sayre, Pa. – Since 1976, the American Cancer Society has hosted the “Great American Smokeout,” a public awareness event to encourage people to quit smoking. It is held annually on the third Thursday of November.
Smoking accounts for nearly one in three cancer deaths in the United States. Smoking not only causes cancer, it damages nearly every organ in the body, including the lungs, heart, blood vessels, reproductive organs, skin, eyes, and bones.
Guthrie’s Dr. Anthony Grippo, Assistant Medical Director, Section of Occupational Medicine, explains in the following video the many health issues associated with smoking, as well as the immediate and long-term benefits of quitting.
Guthrie is a non-profit integrated health system located in north central Pennsylvania and upstate New York, serving patients from a twelve-county service area. Guthrie is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network and is the first health system based in Pennsylvania and New York to join this network. Guthrie is comprised of a research institute, home care/hospice, hospitals in Sayre, Pa., Corning, N.Y., Towanda, Pa., Troy, Pa. and Cortland, N.Y., as well as a multi-specialty group practice of more than 325 physicians and 210 advanced practice providers offering 47 specialties through a regional office network providing primary and specialty care in 22 communities in Pennsylvania and New York. In addition, Guthrie offers home medical equipment and respiratory therapy products at seven convenient Med Supply Depot locations. Guthrie provides a wide range of services and programs to enhance the health and well-being of those it serves.