HEALTH DEPARTMENT OFFERS HELP TO TEEN SMOKERS WHO WANT TO QUIT

Wed March 21, 2012

DUPAGE COUNTY-The DuPage County Health Department is urging teenagers to follow the advice in the U.S. Surgeon General's recent report on youth tobacco and seek help to stop smoking.
 
Surgeon General Regina Benjamin said the number of teenage smokers is "shocking." She said in the report-Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults-that more than 3.6 million kids smoke cigarettes, which includes nearly one in four high school seniors and one in three young adults under age 26.
 
The Surgeon General said teen smoking is a problem that needs greater public action. Quitting is hard, but you can increase your chances of success with help.
 
The Health Department recommends that smokers call the Illinois Tobacco Quitline for help. The quitline is a service of the Illinois Department of Public Health and the American Lung Association of Illinois.
 
Call 1-866-QUIT YES (784-8937) to speak with a trained smoking cessation counselor. The counselor will help you:

  •  Assess your needs.
  • Customize a quit plan.
  • Find free local resources.
  • Check with you to keep track of your progress.

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States, yet more than 46 million Americans still smoke.

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HEALTH DEPARTMENT OFFERS HELP TO TEEN SMOKERS WHO WANT TO QUIT

 

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