Great American Smokeout
Do you use tobacco? Have you ever thought about quitting or tried to quit? The Great American Smokeout, supported by the American Cancer Society, is held to encourage quitting the use of tobacco products and celebrate your efforts in cessation.
On November 20th, we challenge you to give up all tobacco products! By quitting, even for a day, you are one step closer to a healthier lifestyle. Within 24 hours of quitting your heart rate and blood pressure will drop to healthy levels and the amount of carbon monoxide in your blood returns to normal. The long term benefits include cutting your risk of lung cancer in half and returning your risk of coronary heart disease to that of a non-smoker. We want to help you return years to your life.
You are not alone in your attempt to give up tobacco. The Illinois Tobacco Quitline is a free resource for tobacco users who are trying to quit. Registered nurses, respiratory therapists, and certified tobacco counselors will help you design a specialized quit plan and provide free nicotine replacement therapy to those with limited or no insurance. To reach the Illinois Tobacco Quitline call 1-866-QUIT-YES or 1-866-784-8937. For additional information contact the Clay County Health Department at 662-4406. Quitting starts with day one. Make the Great American Smokeout, Day 1 of your journey to quitting tobacco.