PICKING UP THE PHONE CAN BE AN IMPORTANT FIRST STEP IN QUITTING SMOKING

Wed May 28, 2014

May 31 is World No Tobacco Day and the DuPage County Health Department reminds smokers that they can get help to quit by calling the Illinois Tobacco Quitline.

Quitting smoking is one of the most important things people can do to improve their health. Visit www.quityes.org or 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 in with you to keep track of your progress.

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death. In the United States, smoking kills more people each year than alcohol, cocaine, crack, heroin, homicide, suicide, car accidents, fires and AIDS combined.

There are many benefits to quitting:

  • Quitting smoking will lower your chance of a heart attack, stroke and cancer.
  • It will help you live longer and better. Your family will be healthier by avoiding second-hand smoke.
  • Quitting will save money.
  • If you are pregnant, quitting smoking will improve your chances of having a healthy baby.


The Illinois Tobacco Quitline is a service of the Illinois Department of Public Health and the American Lung Association of Illinois.

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