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“Great American Smokeout” – Options Besides Cold Turkey for Virginians

November 15, 2007

Lynchburg, VA – Today is the American Cancer Society's "Great American Smokeout," a day many smokers dread because of increased pressure to quit. But plenty of others hope, if they can snuff it out for one day, maybe it'll be for good.

A Lynchburg cardiologist suggests smokers take baby steps now that may help them kick the habit -- tomorrow, the next day or next year. One of those baby steps, says Dr. Daniel Carey, is to make their office or home environment smoke-free. He says taking the smoke outdoors is better for everyone's health.

"I'm very much like the Medical Society in Virginia; I'm very much in favor of smoke-free environments in Virginia, and protecting indoor air quality."

Fifty-eight percent of Americans are covered by smoke-free laws, usually through state legislation that bans smoking in public places. Virginians are not among them, although a proposal for a Virginia smoke-free law is expected in the next legislative session.

Carey also suggests Chantex, a new medicine on the market to help smokers quit. Available by prescription, he says he's seen longtime smokers kick the habit by using it. Over-the-counter nicotine patches and gum also are worth trying out today, he adds.

"It's a first step to getting away from tobacco and nicotine altogether. It provides nicotine in a way that's not so destructive, and it's not destructive to others in the form of secondhand smoke."

More information on the "Great American Smokeout" is available at www.smokefreefor

Deborah Smith/John Robinson, Public News Service - VA