11/15/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/15/2017 10:52
Four cigarettes will pay for rabbittransit bus fare during national day encouraging tobacco-free living
WellSpan Health and rabbittransit are teaming up for the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout - a national event observed tomorrow that encourages tobacco-free living.
To promote tobacco cessation across York County, all rabbittransit drivers will accept four unused cigarettes or any other tobacco product to pay for a single rider's bus fare tomorrow, Nov. 16. The tobacco products will then be safely discarded.
The 'Four for your Fare' initiative is another creative way to help area residents live tobacco free, according to Kevin Alvarnaz, director of community health and wellness, WellSpan Health.
'We are excited about collaborating with rabbittransit to offer a unique program to the community,' Alvarnaz said. 'We know making a plan to quit is tough, and every bit of encouragement helps. That's why coming together to promote tobacco cessation is so important - so people know there are organizations in the community that support them on their journey toward a tobacco-free lifestyle.'
'The availability of affordable and accessible transportation is critical to ensuring access to health care,' said Richard Farr, executive director, rabbittransit. 'Transportation and health care are linked, so it's natural that we would partner with WellSpan to support this important public health initiative.'
Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. About half of all Americans who keep smoking will die because of the habit. Each year more than 480,000 people in the U.S. die from illnesses related to tobacco use. This means smoking causes about one out of five deaths in the U.S. annually, according to the American Cancer Society.
WellSpan Health offers tobacco cessation support, including one-on-one counseling, group classes and a self-guided program, in Adams, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties. For more information on WellSpan's tobacco cessation programs and support, visit www.WellSpan.org.
About WellSpan Health
WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization is comprised of a multispecialty medical group of more than 1,200 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a regional behavioral health organization, a home care organization, six respected hospitals, more than 15,000 employees, and more than 140 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization, committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities.
rabbittransit, a regional public transportation provider, offers a variety of transportation services to the residents of Adams, Columbia, Cumberland, Franklin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Union and York Counties. More than 8,000 people depend on rabbittransit each day to get to work, medical facilities, school and other life-sustaining activities. rabbittransit is dedicated to helping all residents in the region get to where they want to go.