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Clearing the Smoke

Terre Haute, IN - Smoking, it's a habit that claims nearly half a million lives in the U.S. Each year.

But a local organization hopes to help “snub out” the habit in just one day.

According to the Center for Disease Control or CDC, smoking kills more than 480,000 Americans each year; while more than 41,000 die from secondhand smoke.

But when compared to national stats smoking is more popular in Indiana.

According to truthinitiative.org, in 2015 on average nationally 17.5% of adults smoked daily. But in Indiana, the daily average was 20.6%.

The national average of high school students who smoked at least once a day, was nearly 10.8%; compared to the 11.6% of Indiana high school students.

Kicking the smoking habit can be hard, but the “Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program in the Wabash Valley are helping.

The organization is using the “Great American Smokeout” on November 16 to encourage smokers to quit for one day; which hopefully could lead them to permanently kicking the habit.

"What we found is that we know two thirds of the people who use tobacco has a desire to quit.. So for people who are thinking about quitting. It's a good time to maybe make that commitment. We like to celebrate folks who do make that decision: 'hey i'm going to, it's not going to be easy but I'm doing this. I'm doing this for me, the people who care about me.' And that's half the battle right there is making that decision, you know, being committed."-- Libby Ray / Program Coordinator, Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program.

The “Great American Smokeout” will take place on Thursday, November 16th.

If you need help quitting or anyone you know would like to quit, you can call the “Indiana Tobacco Quite Line” at 1-800-784-QUIT-NOW or 1-800-784-8663; you can also call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.


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