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Great American Smoke-Out Nov. 17

The American Cancer Society, Healthier Together-St. Croix County (formally St. Croix County Community Health Improvement Plan) and the Western Wisconsin Working for Tobacco-Free Living coalition are urging all tobacco users in St. Croix County to quit for at least 24 hours. The Great American Smoke-Out is Thursday, Nov. 17.

Each year since 1977, the American Cancer Society has sponsored the Great American Smoke-Out on the third Thursday of November to spotlight the health dangers of tobacco use and the importance of quitting smoking to improve individual health and promote better, safer communities. Thursday November 17th is the day to plan for this year!!!

Reap the benefits fast, within the first 24 hours:

--20 minutes after quitting: Your blood pressure drops to a level close to that before the last cigarette. The temperature of your hands and feet increases to normal.

--12 hours after quitting: The Carbon monoxide level in your blood begins to drop

--24 hours after quitting: Your chance of a heart attack decreases.

Take advantage of this national day. Join thousands of others who will participate in the Great American Smoke-Out and start planning now. Tobacco use remains one of our number one causes of preventable death. The good news is most smokers want to quit and free help is a phone call or a click away.

The Wisconsin Tobacco Quitline, 1-800-QUIT-NOW or

provides free, personalized assistance by professional quit coaches. The coaches will work with helpline callers to develop a quit plan tailored to individual needs. Tobacco users seeking assistance in quitting are also encouraged to visit the American Cancer Society website,

www.greatamerican, to find tips, tools and resources that help with the process of quitting tobacco. Healthcare providers in St. Croix County can also provide additional resources and guidance.

Tobacco users who make a plan, pick a day to quit, and receive some type of support are most successful at quitting. Choosing the Great American Smoke-Out as the day to quit and using all available resources gives tobacco users a great chance of quitting for good.

Promoting cessation services and supporting county residents who are interested in quitting is an integral part of Healthier Together-St. Croix County, which can be viewed on the St. Croix County Government website at

Other components of tobacco prevention and control addressed in his plan are youth access to tobacco (WI Wins Program), support and enforcement of Wisconsin's smoke free air law and education on new "Other Tobacco Products" that are marketed towards youth and adults.

Contact Geralyn Karl, St. Croix County Public Health Educator at 715/246/8393 for additional information.