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Initiative to 'kick butts'

Published: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 11:19 a.m. CDT

The DeKalb County Health Department will support the annual Kick Butts Day on March 20. This national campaign, sponsored by United Health Foundation and organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, empowers youth to speak out against tobacco use. Kick Butts Day is also a day to "kick the habit" of cigarette smoking.

“While Kick Butts Day is directed towards youth, it is a reminder for people of any age to quit smoking,” said Jane Lux, public health administrator.

If you are looking for help to quit smoking, call the Illinois Tobacco Quitline at 866-QUIT-YES (866-784-8937). The Quitline is provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the American Lung Association. The Quitline offers free, convenient and confidential counseling throughout the quitting process and nicotine replacement therapy is free to those who qualify. Respiratory therapists and registered nurses provide tips on dealing with withdrawal symptoms and information about cessation medications.

Online support is also available by logging onto www.becomeanex.org.

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