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Smokers who start young face bigger challenges

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I am writing to let people know about the Great American Smokeout on Thursday, Nov. 19. In its 34th year, Great American Smokeout encourages smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By doing this, smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life.

Most smokers become addicted to tobacco before they are legally old enough to buy cigarettes, and most youth who become regular smokers continue to smoke into adulthood. Those who start at younger ages and continue to smoke are at higher risks for illnesses such as cancer and emphysema.

According to the American Cancer Society, people who stop smoking before age 50 cut their risk of dying in the next 15 years in half compared with those who continue to smoke. Former smokers can enjoy a higher quality of life and reduce their risk of lung cancer.

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Quitting smoking is not easy. The easiest way is to not even start. However, if you do smoke and want to stop, there is help for you. Illinois Tobacco Quitline, 1-800-QUIT-YES (1-800-501-1068), is a program in partnership with American Lung Association and Illinois Department of Public Health. Trained cessation specialists are available to confidentially provide help to quit smoking. Logan County Department of Public Health works with Illinois Tobacco Quitline to offer nicotine patches at reduced prices to qualified clients.

Hollie Dollinger
Member of Reality Illinois @ Logan County and I-D-FY, Illinois Drug Free Youth

Reality Illinois @ Logan County is a teen anti-tobacco coalition, coordinated by Logan County Department of Public Health and funded by Illinois Department of Public Health. 

[Posted November 18, 2009]

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