Annual Great American Smokeout Encourages Smokers to Quit

Thursday is Great American Smokeout

Going "cold turkey" can be hard for someone quitting tobacco and to help those through their journey, Mesa County offers an abundance of smoking cessation resources during the Great American Smokeout. "They have e-mail. So there are a lot of different methods out there to help you quit so that you don't do it alone".

Mike Kulik, 63, works at BU Dining as a Production Lead, and has been a smoker since the age of 23.

If you know someone who smokes, let them know you care about them and that the Great American Smokeout can be the start of a longer, healthier life for them.

The Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria has been actively working over the last several years to give all Alexandrians the opportunity to breathe clean and smoke-free air.

Sophomore Jenna Anderson said "We're handing out quit kits to people who are smoking or people who are continuing to quit to smoke".

Smoking continues to be a leading cause of preventable death and disease, as the Minnesota Community Measurement state that it kills more than 5,100 Minnesotans per year. Financially, I'm saving well over $300-$400 a month. "We do everything we can to find the best possible way to get them out from under this". "And then as time goes on, your smoker's cough will go away, your breathing function will improve, so the benefits are well worth it", said Dr. Kevin Townshend, a family medicine physician with Ascension Medical Group.

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