Smokers urged to quit for annual ‘Great American Smokeout’

Tobacco use is one of the largest preventable causes of death in the world.

The American Cancer Society and community health care providers are combatting tobacco use with the ‘Great American Smokeout.’ The annual event urges people to quit smoking while educating them about the immediate and long- term health benefits.

While many smokers find quitting difficult, local health care providers recommend getting through that first day.

“I think if you’re able to do one day, as I always tell my patients, look at it one day at a time. If you can do it for one day then you can do it for the next day,” said Mayo Clinic Health System Respiratory Therapist Sarah Kennedy.

More than 36 million Americans smoke cigarettes. Smokers looking to quit can find help at the Great American Smokeout website or by calling:

Wisconsin – 1-800 QUIT NOW
Minnesota – 1-888-354 PLAN