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WI Gets Ready for the Great American Smokeout

November 15, 2010

MADISON, Wis. - Thursday is the American Cancer Society's 35th annual Great American Smokeout, and experts say you can add up to eight years to your life by quitting. More than 36 million Americans still smoke daily and, according to American Cancer Society spokeswoman Allison Miller, most of them want to quit.

"In numerous studies it is shown that upwards of 70 percent of smokers in total want to quit. It's just a matter of being successful, and it often takes several different tries."

Miller says the American Cancer Society's website, cancer.org, has plenty of helpful ideas.

"There are several tips and plans, so that people can develop that plan in advance whether they're going to quit on the Great American Smokeout or they're looking just to quit in general."

She says the Wisconsin Quit Line, 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669), is also a great resource.

"The Quit Line is a free service; they also provide nicotine replacement therapies to help get through some of the most difficult stages at the beginning and make that quit attempt a successful endeavor."

The American Cancer Society says a third of cancer deaths could be prevented if people avoided tobacco products.

Miller says Wisconsin's new smoke-free law has really been helpful.

"Second-hand smoke has 4000 chemicals, 60 of which are known to cause cancer, and just getting that out of all of our workplaces is a tremendous step forward in the fight against cancer."

Miller says you can put the odds of quitting in your favor by using the available free resources to make a plan, then have your last cigarette Wednesday, and make Thursday the beginning of a much healthier life.

Tim Morrissey, Public News Service - WI