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WellSpan Health and Rabbit Transit are trading cigarettes for bus fare.

The two organizations are teaming up Thursday, Nov. 16, for the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout, according to a news release.

The national event hopes to inspire "tobacco-free living" by giving bus riders the opportunity to pay their fare with unused cigarettes — or any other tobacco product — which will then be safely discarded, the release states.

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Rabbit Transit drivers will accept the trade for a single rider's bus fare.

The initiative, called "Four for your Fare," is an effort to reach residents in a creative way, said Kevin Alvarnaz, WellSpan Health director of community health and wellness, in the release.

“We know making a plan to quit is tough, and every bit of encouragement helps, " he continued.

Rabbit Transit Executive Director Richard Farr said transportation and health care are linked, adding, “The availability of affordable and accessible transportation is critical to ensuring access to health care."

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According to the news release, the American Cancer Society says tobacco use is "the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death" in the country, causing the deaths of more than 480,000 Americans each year.

For more information on tobacco cessation support, one-on-one counseling, group classes and self-guided programs available in Adams, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties, visit WellSpan.org.

 

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