With the annual Great American Smokeout taking place November 17, Tobacco Free Florida...
NAPLES — With the annual Great American Smokeout taking place November 17, Tobacco Free Florida in Collier County is using this observance to encourage people to make a plan to quit smoking using the free tools and services available to Floridians.
Tracing its history back more than 40 years, the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout marks a date when smokers are encouraged to use the date to either make a plan or to begin their quit journey.
Quitting smoking can add up to 10 years to life expectancy. The health benefits of quitting smoking include reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke, improving lung function, and lowering the chances of getting an array of different cancers.
“If you are thinking about quitting smoking, use this day as the start of your journey to a healthier future.” said Julissa Moreland, the Program Manager for Tobacco Prevention at the Florida Department of Health in Collier County. “Tobacco Free Florida provides local Group Quit services through the Everglades Area Health Education Center (AHEC), which offers nicotine replacement therapy, if medically appropriate. Other free tools and services that Tobacco Free Florida offers include Phone Quit, Web Quit and additional quit resources, available to all Floridians, regardless of insurance.”
Information on the history of the Great American Smokeout, national activities to support quitting and other materials can be found at https://www.cancer.org/healthy/stay-away-from-tobacco/great-american-smokeout.html. Tobacco Free Florida’s quit tips, tools and more are available by visiting www.TobaccoFreeFlorida.com or by calling 1-877-U-CAN-NOW.