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UT Health East Texas to host Great American Smokeout activities

Tyler (November 11, 2022) —  UT Health East Texas will participate in the Great American Smokeout, hosting speakers and events from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at the UT Health North Campus Tyler third-floor amphitheater.

The public is invited to participate in fun, educational activities including games, prizes and a giant, inflatable lung. There will be tote bags and treats available and the opportunity to purchase lung cancer awareness T-shirts, with proceeds going toward assisting low-income, under-insured or uninsured patients needing assistance with lung cancer screenings.

Lung Nodule Program Manager Misty Lewis, MPH, RN, will host a question-and-answer session about the program at noon, and William Talmadge, NP, will discuss tobacco cessation and the dangers of vaping at 1 p.m.

For more than 40 years, the American Cancer Society has hosted the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November to provide smokers the opportunity to commit to healthy, smoke-free lives.

About 34 million American adults still smoke cigarettes, and smoking remains the single largest preventable cause of death and illness in the world. Smoking causes an estimated 480,000 deaths every year, or about 1 in 5 deaths. The Great American Smokeout challenges people to stop smoking and helps people learn about the many tools they can use to help them quit and stay quit.

About UT Health East Texas

UT Health East Texas provides care to thousands of patients each year through an extensive regional network that includes 10 hospitals, more than 50 clinics, the Olympic Plaza Tower, 13 regional rehabilitation facilities, two freestanding emergency centers, regional home health services covering 41 counties, an EMS fleet of more than 50 ambulances and four helicopters, and a comprehensive seven-trauma center care network, including the region’s only Level 1 trauma facility.

As a partner with The University of Texas System, UT Health East Texas is uniquely positioned to provide patients with access to leading-edge research and clinical therapies while training and educating the next generation of physicians and other health professionals. The nationally recognized UT System also includes The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, as well as three other major university medical centers located throughout the state.

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