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SMOKERS URGED TO QUIT ON GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT DAY
National Event Takes Place November 17th
MADISONSmokers in Wisconsin and nationwide are urged to take
steps to kick the habit tomorrow, November 17, during the 36th annual
Great American Smokeout, a national event organized by the American Cancer
Society. Officials say the day provides the perfect opportunity to quit
smoking, or to make a plan to quit smoking.
"This event gives smokers a chance to start fresh and leave their
tobacco addiction behind," said Dr. Mark Wegner, Chronic Disease
Medical Director for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
"While quitting has clear long-term health benefits, smokers may be
surprised to hear that positive effects start almost immediately after
quitting. For instance, your heart attack risk begins to decrease just 24
hours after you quit."
Smoking significantly increases the risk of several serious health
problems including cancer, heart disease, and stroke, and accounts for
nearly one out of five deaths each year in the United States. Smoking
costs the state $4.5 billion annually in health care expenditures, with
nearly 8,000 Wisconsinites dying each year due to smoking.
"Smoking's impact is felt by families all over Wisconsin who've
seen loved ones get sick or have lost loved ones," Wegner said.
"The good news is that it's never too late to quit. On this 36th
Great American Smokeout, we urge our state's smokers to join thousands
nationwide in taking the first step to a healthier life for both
themselves and those they love."
To get free help to quit, call the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line at
1-800-QUIT NOW. The Quit Line is funded by the DHS Wisconsin Tobacco
Prevention and Control Program and administered by the UW-Center for
Tobacco Research and Intervention.
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Last Revised: November 16, 2011