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Smokeout in Iowa Moving Up To Help State Go "Smoke-Free"

June 9, 2008

Des Moines, IA – In less than a month, the "Smoke-Free Air Act" takes effect in Iowa; it's designed to protect nearly every worker in the state from exposure to secondhand smoke.

To help those who want to get ready for the change by putting out their cigarettes, the Great American Smokeout is coming to Iowa early.

The national kick-the-habit event is usually held in November but, this year, the campaign in Iowa has been moved to June, in conjunction with the new law, which goes into effect July 1. Gretchen Tegeler, vice-president of the Iowa chapter of the American Cancer Society, says research shows former smokers have the greatest chances of staying clean when they have a support system in place.

"The American Cancer Society wants to be there to help in that process. That's why we switched the 'Great American Smokeout' from November to June."

One of the state's more discouraging statistics, according to Tegeler, is a teen smoking rate of 22 percent. However, she adds, this year's new law and last year's cigarette tax increase should combine to reduce that number.

"It's kind of that double whammy, and the combined effect does really create impetus for more people to quit."

The U.S. Surgeon General has determined people live longer if they quit smoking, regardless of their age. If you're a tobacco user who is interested in quitting, Tegeler says resources are available online, at, including contact information for the state's "Quitline" telephone hotline.

Dick Layman/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - IA