Vermont Department of Health Recognizes World No Tobacco Day, May 31st

For Immediate Release: May 28, 2003

Media Contact: Corbett Sionainn
Vermont Department of Health
Communications Office
657-4252

World No Tobacco Day is recognized each year on May 31st. The day was established to encourage smokers to quit.

Smoking related illnesses are killing 1000 Vermonters per year. Smoking causes heart disease, cancer, and chronic lung disease.

“If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you do smoke, quit for your health and the health of your family.” said Health Commissioner Paul Jarris, MD. “Exposure to secondhand smoke is especially harmful to children, infants, and people with allergies and asthma.”

It can take up to 7 attempts before a smoker is successful at quitting, Dr. Jarris said. Many people who are quitting find it helpful to use a combination of strategies including cessation classes, nicotine replacements like the patch or gum, and supportive counseling.

If you are a smoker and have felt discouraged about quitting, call the toll-free Vermont Quit Line for support at 877-YES-QUIT (877-937-7848).

The Quit Line provides personal help for smokers by offering factual information, quitting strategies, a series of phone counseling sessions, and referrals to local resources.

Quit Line services are available at no cost to smokers—and also to family and friends, health care professionals, educators and the general public.

During 2002, the Vermont Quit Line received 1739 and averaged 145 calls per month to the line.