November marks the Great American Smokeout from the American Cancer Society.
The ACA says that about 42 million Americans still smoke and tobacco usage remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. For those looking to quit this month, McPherson County extension agent Jana McKinney said there is help out there.
“The Kansas Tobacco Quitline provides free, private, one-on-one, online or phone counseling to any Kansan ready to quit tobacco use,” McKinney said.
The Kansas Tobacco Quitline does have a high success rate, as, four months after going through counseling with KanQuit, 41 percent of former tobacco users are not using tobacco.
“You have to practice,” McKinney said. “It's a hard habit to quit. But if you can keep after it, and give that Kansas Quitline a call, and see if they can't help you as you try to do that.”
It is estimated that tobacco related healthcare costs between 2000-2012 were id="mce_marker"33 billion in the United States, according to the ACA.
The number to call is 1-800-784-8669, or you can visitwww.kanquit.org.
The Great American Smokeout this year will be held Nov. 19.