Great American Smokeout—A Call To Quit: November 21st
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November 20, 2002
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BURLINGTON—Any Vermont smoker who wants to participate in The American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout on November 21 can get help by calling toll-free 877-YES-QUIT (877-937-7848).
“Quit lines work,” said Health Commissioner Jan K. Carney, MD. The New England Journal of Medicine reported last month that telephone counseling can double a smoker’s chances of quitting smoking.
During the past year, Dr. Carney said, the Vermont Quit Line has averaged more than 135 calls a month, peaking at 366 calls in June.
The Quit Line is operated 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by the American Cancer Society’s National Cancer Information Center in Austin, Texas.
Vermonters who call get personal help in the form of factual information, quitting strategies, a series of phone counseling sessions, and referrals to local services.
Quit Line services are available at no cost to smokers -- and also to family and friends, health care professionals, educators and the general public.
About 22 percent of Vermonters smoke. And 1,000 Vermonters die annually of smoking-related diseases, including heart diseases and cancers. The Vermont Department of Health is working to cut smoking in half by 2010.