The Great American Smokeout

The Great American Smokeout

By Garrett Counts - Contributing columnist

As the holidays draw ever closer, one special event coming this month is the Great American Smokeout. This is a national effort to promote the quitting of smoking. Tobacco use takes a harsh toll on both one’s body and bank account. In fact, tobacco is the number one preventable cause of death in our country.

Health Recovery Services, Inc. (HRS), a local agency working with the Gallia Citizens for Prevention and Recovery Coalition, provides both treatment and prevention services to the community and invites those who have been thinking about quitting smoking or are in the process of doing so to join in on the 16th of November to find support for living a healthier tobacco free life.

HRS and the Coalition hope that this will be the start of something new and encourage you to help those around you who are seeking to quit or are needing help with their journey. For more information on the national emphasis, go to the American Cancer Society’s website ( HRS and the Coalition challenge you to step up and lead others by example to create a better environment for yourself and all those around you.

Gallia CPR and many community agencies have joined forces to bring about change. Meetings are currently being held at noon on the second Monday of each month at Holzer Medical Center on Jackson Pike in the French 500 Room.

It is important to remember that as a community everyone has the responsibility of helping each other through difficult times, and showing our children what it means to be a leader and role model, and to have a caring heart. Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

To find out more about about prevention and/or treatment services provided by HRS, please contact them at (740) 446-7010.

Submitted on behalf of Gallia Citizens for Prevention and Recovery Coalition.

The Great American Smokeout

By Garrett Counts

Contributing columnist