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Lung Association in WI Says Try, Try Again

January 4, 2010

MADISON, Wis. - If you've made the decision to stop smoking in the new year, there is no reason to go it alone. The American Lung Association in Wisconsin has a new tool for those hoping to stub out the smokes: "Quitter in You." This program offers support to those who have tried and failed in the past.

Ron Simonis, Milwaukee, is a program facilitator who kicked the habit more than 20 years ago. Now he helps others quit.

"Everybody thinks, 'Well, you just throw them away and go on your merry way.' For most people, that doesn't work."

Simonis says he decided to join the "Quitter in You" campaign because he understands nicotine addiction first-hand and wants to teach others about its effects as well. He employed the American Lung Association "Freedom from Smoking" program to quit; the new "Quitter in You" approach is designed to help people who have tried multiple times.

Both programs can be accessed on the web through or by calling the Lung HelpLine, 1-800-LUNG-USA.

Simonis says there is no reason not to try again if you've attempted to quit in the past and failed.

"The average person takes five to seven bona fide tries at quitting before they become successful."

In his case, Simonis says, it took scores of attempts before he finally did it.

"I tried to quit hundreds of times. I just didn't know how."

He urges those who have tried to quit and failed in the past to go to to finish the job.

More information is available from Dona Wininsky at the American Lung Association in Wisconsin, (262)703-4840.

Glen Gardner, Public News Service - WI