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Quitting Smoking to Save Money in Today’s Economy

November 19, 2009

NEWTON, Iowa - Iowa smokers are being challenged today to go cold turkey, scale back, or just think about quitting for the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout. The annual event is credited with helping thousands of Iowans kick the habit over the last 30 years.

'Amanda' in Newton gave up smoking for good during the promotion two years ago, and she credits her stepdaughter as the inspiration for the decision.

"My husband said to me one day that he was afraid she was going to start smoking when she got older because all of her female role models smoke as well. So, I thought, there's no way - I have to stop now."

Amanda says most people know about the health reasons to quit smoking, but few consider the financial reasons.

"Thinking back now, I don't even know how I afforded to smoke. I think I would skip on filling up my gas tank just so I could buy a pack of cigarettes."

Research shows that smokers are most successful in kicking the habit when they have some means of support such as the Quit Now helpline in Iowa at 866-748-8669.



Dick Layman, Public News Service - IA