Get help to make Great American Smokeout last more than one day

By Toni Mailloux

Waldo County General Hospital and Healthy Waldo County are teaming up to celebrate the 35th annual Great American Smokeout and hopefully to help some smokers make a long-term plan to quit for good.


Thursday, Nov. 18, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the hospital, there will be a gathering for those who have quit smoking, those interested in quitting, and those who have participated in the local Freshstart classes.


It will be in informal gathering with time to share successes, real life tips and support for quitting tobacco. Studies have shown that getting help with quitting can more than double a person’s chance of successfully quitting. The meeting may also be an opportunity to create a support system of local people who have quit smoking and are willing to help others.


Other resources available are the Maine Tobacco Helpline at 1-800-207-1230 and the Freshstart classes. You can find out when the next Freshstart class starts by calling 930-2650.


The event will be held in conference room A at the hospital, which on the ground floor behind the hospital’s cafeteria.


For more information, contact Barbara Crowley at 930-2650.