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SD "Smoke-Free" Just in Time to "Smoke-out"

November 15, 2010

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Now that South Dakota's new smoke-free law is on the books, the American Cancer Society says there's no better time to quit. This week marks the group's annual "Great American Smoke-out," when smokers are urged to stop lighting up for at least one day in the hopes that it will stick, or at least build up the confidence to quit permanently in the future.

Denise Kolba is with the Cancer Society in Sioux Falls, and she says it's a tough order.

"Quitting smoking is a difficult thing; we know it's not easy. Those of us who have never smoked can probably never comprehend how difficult that addiction can be. But the American Cancer Society understands that and has developed tools and resources that can help a person quit for good."

Kolba says those resources include downloadable clocks that count down to your quitting goal, and "crave stoppers" exercises to help get past the craving for a smoke. She says they also have an e-card that can be sent out to friends and family.

"We know that a smoker who quits is much more successful if they have the support of friends and family. So it's a great e-card - it just lets everyone know that you are planning to quit on the Great American Smoke-out and you want a commitment from them to help you and to support you through the process."

Kolba says smoking accounts for more than 400,000 premature deaths each year nationwide, including 50,000 among non-smokers.

More quitting tools and resources are available at cancer.org Kolba says personal coaching by phone to help smokers quit is also available, at 1-800-ACS-2345.

Eric Mack, Public News Service - SD