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Cancer Society’s ‘Great American Smokeout’ is Thursday
Anti-smoking programs are encouraging smokers to take steps to quit using tobacco Thursday as part of a national health organization’s effort to eliminate cancer and raise awareness of smoking- and chewing-related illnesses.
“Research shows people who try to quit smoking without assistance are successful only 5 percent of the time,” Dr. Michael Fiore, director of the University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention, said in a news release. “But those who get help ... can triple their chances of quitting smoking for good."
Nov. 15 is the "Great American Smokeout," a day the American Cancer Society marks each year to challenge tobacco users to put out their cigarette butts -- and put away the can of chew.
Two local health care groups are offering tobacco users tools to begin the path to quitting.
Wisconsin residents can call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for free coaching and medicine from the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line. The Quit Line provides free coaching and also ships a two-week starter kit with booklets and medications at no charge.
Another option is Edgerton Hospital's upcoming course on quitting. A class on smoking cessation will begin in January and run Tuesdays Jan. 15-Feb. 26 from 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. at the hospital on Sherman Avenue. The cost of the course is $75.
The Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line has fielded nearly 200,000 calls since its inception in May 2001. According to the UW Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention, tobacco use kills more than 7,000 Wisconsinites every year and 445,000 nationwide.
The Quit Line’s confidential services are managed by UW-CTRI and funded by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
For more information on Edgerton Hospital’s smoking cessation course or to register, visit the hospital website or call 884-1489.
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