Marquette County Health Department promotes Great American Smokeout

Ebony Scott
November 17, 2017

It's the annual Great American Smokeout - marked on the third Thursday in November - when smokers make the commitment to stop smoking for the day.

About 36.5 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world.

¯ 87 percent - The percentage of lung cancer deaths in the USA caused by smoking.

The cardiopulmonary staff at Pioneers is available to help you quit smoking, now.

She went on to say - it often takes more than one try to quit using tobacco products but the important part is that you try.

Caldwell County Health Department is encouraging the community to commit or recommit to healthy, tobacco-free lives by participating in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout. Red River Radio News visited a smoking cessation group counsel session held at WKHS in Shreveport recently to ask smokers to tell their story in trying to kick the smoking habit.

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It's a drop-in event where smokers who want to quit can hear about resources, including free medications and even developing a plan to quit.

If you or someone you care about smokes, DPH says help is available to quit by calling the Delaware Quitline (1-866-409-1858).

In Michigan, Spectrum Health says almost 1.5 million people - 19 percent - use tobacco. "Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health, and it can add years to your life".

Kelley said he sees the long-term effects every day that smoking has on his patients, especially during treatment for those who end up with lung cancer.

Quitting is a hard, but not impossible, process.

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