The Guidance Center of Westchester is partnering with the American Lung Association, the American Cancer Society, and POW'R Against Tobacco for the Great American Smoke Out.
Held Thursday, November 21, the Great American Smoke Out encourages smokers to use the day to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day.
While many populations of people have seen a steady decrease in smoking rates, people with mental health and substance use issues continue to smoke at alarming rates. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the average number of cigarettes smoked in the past month was higher among adults who had a mental illness than those who do not.
The Guidance Center of Westchester is participating in the day to help clients better understand the importance of quitting and how it fits in with their overall goals for wellness.
As part of the day, the Guidance Center will host an informational event from 11 a.m to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, November 21 at their 256 Washington Street, Mount Vernon office.
To attend, please contact Jean Maisano or Makeda James at 914-407-2269.