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Adult Smoking Reaches New Low; "Great American Smokeout" is Today in WI

November 20, 2008

Milwaukee, WI - A new report from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds smoking among adults has hit a new low. Adult tobacco use is now under 20 percent for the first time since records have been kept.

Laurie Pagel with the American Cancer Society in Wisconsin credits a number of factors, including increased awareness of the dangers of smoking, new smoke-free laws and the rising cost of living.

"I think all of those things combined are really helping us in the effort to reduce death and disease from tobacco use."

The declines in smoking are great news, Pagel adds, but the American Cancer Society is continuing public awareness efforts, starting with today's "Great American Smoke Out." She explains the goal is to encourage people to quit for good and let them know about resources that can help.

"When people can call our American Cancer Society quitline and speak with a trained counselor, they can be connected with smoking cessation resources in their communities and even get medication assistance referrals."

The quitline number is 800-227-2345. Additional information on the CDC study is at cancer.org.

Eric Mack, Public News Service - WI