“Women and Smoking” Call-in Show to Air on Channel 17 on Sept. 26 at 5:25 p.m.

For Immediate Release: September 19, 2003

Contact: Karen Garbarino
Tobacco Control Chief
Vermont Department of Health
802-951-4004
kgarbar@vdh.state.vt.us

Mark Ray
Kelliher Samets Volk
802-862-8261
mray@ksvc.com

BURLINGTON, VT—Chittenden County residents will have the opportunity to view a 17-minute “Women and Smoking: Seven Deadly Myths” video before asking questions of the Vermont Department of Health’s Tobacco Control Chief Karen Garbarino during a live call-in telecast. The “Live at 5:25” Adelphia cable show will air on Channel 17/Town Meeting Television on Friday, Sept. 26 from 5:25–5:55 p.m.

Approximately one of every five women in Vermont and around the country smoke cigarettes. Some other facts about women and smoking:

The Channel 17 “Women and Smoking” show may be rebroadcast on other community access stations around the state at a later date.

Quitting smoking is one of the healthiest lifestyle changes a person can make, but it is also one of the most difficult. It takes most smokers five to seven attempts before they are able to quit successfully. Services such as the Vermont Quit Line are available to help all Vermonters beat these odds. Vermonters who want to learn more about the resources available can call the Vermont Quit Line toll-free at 1-877-YES-QUIT, or 1-877-937-7848.

According to the Vermont Department of Health, approximately 96,000 adult Vermonters smoke and an estimated 1,000 die annually from smoking-related diseases including heart disease and cancer. The Vermont Department of Health aims to cut the number of adult Vermont smokers in half by 2010.