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Vanderbilt-Ingram Joins Community Effort to Stamp Out Smoking

By Heather Newman

  • When: Nov. 16 from 5-7 p.m.
  • Where: Second Missionary Baptist Church, 1000 Halcyon Ave, Nashville, TN 37204, 615-298-1832

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center is joining forces with local churches, the Nashville branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Meharry Medical College, and the Nashville Health Department to take part in the nationwide "Great American Smokeout" sponsored by the American Cancer Society.

The groups will come together on Nov. 16 from 5-7 p.m. at Second Missionary Baptist Church in Nashville for a community forum on smoking and how to quit, called the “Kick Butts Community Forum.”

Elizabeth Williams, Ph.D., associate director of the Office of Minority Affairs at Vanderbilt-Ingram, and Tonya Micah, manager of the Office of Minority Affairs, are leading Vanderbilt’s participation in the event and will be involved in the community forum.

The American Cancer Society says approximately 45 million adults in the U.S. smoke. By now, most people know that tobacco use can cause lung and other cancers, as well as lead to heart disease. Smoking is responsible for one in three cancer deaths and one in five deaths from all causes.

The “Great American Smokeout” is designed as an annual event to help smokers across the country take a pledge to smoke less or quit for the day on the third Thursday of November. The event challenges people to stop smoking for good and offers effective tools and program information to help smokers kick the habit.