The American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout is an annual event, always on the third Thursday of November, that challenges the estimated 40 million Americans who smoke to quit that day, or at least make a plan to quit.

This year from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 21 Lutheran Hospital will have a table set up in its south lobby with information and details on this initiative. Lutheran is at 7950 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Then at 1:30 p.m. in the south lobby a brief ceremony will begin with Mayor Tom Henry proclaiming Nov. 21 as the day of the Great American Smokeout. Others will speak as well.

Each year, more than 40,000 Americans will die of lung cancer. 

In support of the Great American Smokeout 2019 campaign, the American Cancer Society, Tobacco Free Allen County and Lutheran Health Network are joining forces to educate and make people aware of the dangers associated with tobacco use.

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