PNS National Newscast

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the Public News Service (podcast)"
"Hey Google, play the Public News Service podcast"
"Alexa, play Public News Service podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app


Audio Activation
"Siri, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Hey Google, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Alexa, play Two-Thousand-Twenty Talks podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app


PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2020 

GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander comes to the defense of Dr. Anthony Fauci; the NAACP goes to bat over student debt and Election 2020.

2020Talks - October 20, 2020 

Early voting starts in Florida, and North Carolina allows election officials to start the ballot curing process. Plus, Trump's attacks on Dr. Fauci.

New Year's Resolution to Quit Smoking? – Tips to Help Kick the Habit for Good

January 3, 2011

AUGUSTA, Maine - It's the first week of the New Year, and it's make it or break time when it comes to keeping many of those New Year's resolutions. At the top of the list for lots of Mainers is to quit smoking... It's no easy task, says Lee Gilman, senior vice president for health promotion and public policy with The American Lung Association (ALA) of New England.

She says that, on average, a person will try to quit seven or eight times before being successful. That's why she says it's important to have a plan, give it some time, and really make sure you're ready before setting that date to stop.

"Understand that even with the best of intentions, sometimes we fall down and backslide and that's perfectly normal. It's just important not to give up, and to try again."

Gilman says that no matter how long you've been smoking, or how many times you have tried to quit, it is never too late.

"And your body does recover: I mean it takes time and it's not an absolute, but the human body is quite amazing in that it can recover and that you can sort of stabilize and have a better quality of life in terms of your breathing and your energy levels."

Gilman says it's important to know that you don't have to go it alone. The ALA has put together tips on their site to make it easier to devise and stick to a plan, which includes: contacting your doctor to discuss smoking cessation aids, taking care of yourself with exercise, diet and rest, reaching out to family and friends for support, as well as doing some homework to find out about groups and on-line tools to help you quit.

More information is at

Monique Coppola, Public News Service - ME