Nearly one in every five Nebraskans smoke and those who want to kick the habit can get plenty of encouragement today.
The annual Great American Smokeout is underway, according to Caroline Clark, a spokeswoman for the American Cancer Society.
“We’re encouraging everyone to put up your cigarettes, your chewing tobacco and quit smoking for a day forever,” Clark says. “We have some great tools to help you do that.”
The rationale is, if you can quit for one day, you can quit for good.
While the number of cigarette smokers is dropping, Clark says the number of people chewing tobacco or smoking pipes or cigars is rising.
For help quitting, call the agency’s toll-free number, 800-227-2345, or visit the website: www.cancer.org/smokeout
Clark says, “We have some great materials, lots of brochures, different ways to keep their mind off smoking, different tips and tricks to help them stay motivated and a great tool kit and a plan to help them quit smoking and stay smoke-free.”
A survey released earlier this year found the overall smoking rate in Nebraska is 18.9%, just slightly below the national average of 19.7%.
The Nebraska Tobacco Quitline is available 24/7 at 800-QUIT-NOW or online at quitnow.ne.gov