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Palmetto Health Participates in Great American Smokeout

Palmetto Health Participates in Great American Smokeout

Thinking about quitting smoking? Do you know someone who wants to quit? The “Great American Smokeout,” a day designated by the American Cancer Society to encourage smokers to kick the habit, will take place Thursday, Nov. 21. Palmetto Health will be providing resources and educational materials to help smokers quit on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at Palmetto Health Baptist and Palmetto Health Richland in the cafeterias. Pledge cards will be available and those who sign one will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Visa gift card.

Palmetto Health, in conjunction with the University of South Carolina Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, offers a comprehensive, adult smoking cessation program to residents of Richland, Lexington and Fairfield counties. Recent results indicate an 89 percent success rate after completion of the three-week program and a 67 percent success rate two years after the program.

The program includes:

  • Free counseling and consultation
  • Free (or reduced cost) one-month supply of medication
  • Six sessions within three weeks

For more information or to register for Palmetto Health’s smoking cessation program, call 803-296-CARE(2273) or visit

Palmetto Health’s Office of Community Health also offers a series of health care initiatives to uninsured and underinsured people in Richland, Lexington, Fairfield and Pickens counties. Services include free health screenings for cancer and diabetes, prenatal services and teen pregnancy prevention efforts.