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Smokeout urges smokers to quit, just for a day

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 1:29 p.m. CDT

DEKALB — The DeKalb County Health Department will observe the 37th annual Great American Smokeout on Thursday, Nov. 15. The Great American Smokeout is an annual day to spotlight the benefits of quitting smoking and to encourage smokers to kick the habit permanently, or at least quit for the day.

“The Great American Smokeout is a great starting point to quit or at least cut back on the number of cigarettes smoked,” DeKalb County Public Health Administrator Jane Lux said.

Quitting is difficult, but smokers can increase their chances of success with help. The Illinois Tobacco Quitline (1-866-784-8937) is provided  by  the  Illinois  Department  of Public Health and the American Lung Association and offers free, convenient and confidential counseling by Mayo Clinic-trained respiratory therapists and nurses.

Eligible DeKalb County residents may also be able to take advantage of the Illinois Nicotine Replacement Therapy Distribution program and receive eight weeks of nicotine replacement therapy such as patches, gum and lozenges, at no cost. People who wish to receive nicotine replacement therapy must register with the Illinois Tobacco Quitline and participate in the Quitline’s smoking cessation phone counseling service. The program is for residents who have no insurance coverage for over-the-counter nicotine replacement products.

“This is an excellent opportunity for those residents who wish to try nicotine replacement products as a supplement to their efforts to quit smoking.” Lux said.

“The American Heart Association promotes nicotine replacement therapy as a safe and effective way to help people stop using cigarettes when used as part of a comprehensive smoking cessation program.”

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