Written by The Wolf Point Herald
The Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program, a statewide program of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, is joining forces with the American Cancer Society for this year’s Great American Smokeout.
This annual event challenges smokers to quit cigarettes for at least one day, in hopes that they will quit for good. It is held around the country and helps raise awareness about tobacco use and encourages tobacco users to quit, providing them with helpful cessation information and resources.
The Great American Smokeout raises awareness about the deaths and chronic diseases caused by smoking. Fourteen hundred Montanans die every year from tobacco-related illnesses.
Tobacco prevention specialist Bev Azure said, “We’re challenging smokers to stop tobacco use for the day and will provide information on effective ways to quit permanently, including information on the Montana Tobacco Quit Line.”
Tobacco users who call the Montana Tobacco Quit Line are seven to 10 times more likely to quit. The Montana Tobacco Quit Line at 800-QUIT-NOW offers free help to Montanans who want to quit using tobacco. The Quit Line offers free nicotine replacement therapy, such as patches, lozenges and gum, and free or low-cost medications.
The mission of MTUPP is to address the public health crisis caused by the use of all forms of commercial tobacco products. MTUPP works to eliminate tobacco use, especially among young people.
Further information, materials and assistance for tobacco prevention planning may be obtained from health departments and tobacco prevention coalition staff — in Daniels County, Mary Nyhus at 783-5366; in Roosevelt County, Bev Azure at 653-6212 and Bonnie Wemmer at 653-6223; and Fort Peck Tribal Tobacco Prevention at 768-7919.