Bend Memorial Clinic will be celebrating the Great American Smokeout on ThursdayNovember 15, 2012 by hosting a free lunch presentation for members of the medical community. Advise the Quit will be presented by Pfizer Medical Outcomes specialist, Richard McLeod, PharmD. Throughout the day, educational materials and free patient counseling will be available for thepublic in the Physician’s Lounge at the Eastside Clinic (1501 NE Medical Center Dr. Bend).

The 2012 report from the Surgeon General states that cigarettes are responsible for approximately 443,000 deaths in America each year. Cigarette smoking costs the nation $96 billion in direct medical costs and $97 billion in lost productivity annually.

Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout. They may use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. Theevent challenges people to stop using tobacco and helps people know about the many tools they can use to quit and stay quit.

Inaddition to the one-hour lunch presentation and free patient counseling on November 15, BMC also provides free ongoing support for people wanting to quit through the BMC Tobacco Cessation Program.

For more information on the Tobacco Cessation Program, please call 541.317.4506 or visit 

About Bend Memorial Clinic

Bend Memorial Clinic includes more than 100 providers representing 30 specialties including Urgent Care, Primary Care, Specialty Care, Imaging and Clinical Services. With five locations BMC is the largest multi-specialty group in Central Oregon and provides quality, convenient healthcare known as TotalCare™. The Clinic has provided primary and specialty care since 1946. For more information, please visit


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