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Great American Smokeout Today

15 Nov News

People across that nation will attempt to quit smoking as part of the 37th annual Great American Smokeout.

Local health advocates are spreading the word that there’s no better time than the present to quit smoking.  The national event, organized by the American Cancer Society, encourages smokers nationwide to quit smoking for good.

Niki Kostrova, the Oneida County Tobacco Control Coordinator says, “It’s hard to think of anything that’s better for your health than quitting smoking,(which) reduces your cancer risk, improves breathing, and lowers blood pressure.”

Kostrova added users of other tobacco products like chewing tobacco should also consider quitting on the 15th. 

Tobacco takes nearly 8,000 lives every year in Wisconsin and costs the state as much as $4.5 billion in health care costs.  On top of that, tobacco use is also the leading cause of Chronic Diseases in Wisconsin such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes, which make up about two-thirds of all deaths in the state.

Kostrova recommends taking the first step by calling the state’s free Quit Line. It is funded by the Wisconsin Tobacco Prevention and Control Program as a part of the state Department of Health Services. The number is 1-800-QUIT-NOW.