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Quitting Smoking just a Click Away

November 14, 2007

Des Moines, IA - The annual "Great American Smokeout" is here again, and there are more incentives than ever to quit smoking. The cigarette tax has forced more Iowans into a smoke-free lifestyle for financial reasons, and there also is more support available to help those who want to quit.

Stacey Freelund with the Iowa Chapter of the American Cancer Society says they have plenty of resources to help, either through the "Quitline" or online.

"It provides you with all these resources that you can just download right onto your computer -- a quit clock, a craving stopper -- all those kinds of resources that really help people quit."

Freelund says it's interesting that, since the cigarette tax was increased, calls to the Quitline have tripled. She believes the next step is for lawmakers to give city officials more leeway to increase the number of smoke-free places.

"Here in the state we would like to see local control restored to communities so they can decide whether they want to be a smoke-free community."

She says the health benefits from more people giving up smoking are beginning to be felt as recent cancer deaths nationally, and in Iowa, have started to decline for the first time.

Help is available by calling the the Quitline at 800-Quit-Now or visiting the the American Cancer Society Web site at

Dick Layman/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - IA