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Breaking the Habit

Filed by Michael Cross in Feature, Health, Local News, News.
November 15, 2012
 

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As part of the Great American Smokeout on Thursday, the Oklahoma City-County Health Department held an event encouraging smokers to quit for a day.

At the UMB Bank in the Historic Stockyards of Oklahoma City, Paola Klein with the Oklahoma County Tobacco Use Prevention Coalition is giving Harold Hessel information to quit smoking.

Harold hands over his nearly full pack of smokes pledging to quit for at least a day if not for good.

He’s smoked for more than 20 years and admits he’s tried to quit before.

“But I wasn’t in a good setting neither. You know there’s stress and things like that. But this they got the counseling and stuff.”

Klein says while the Great American Smokeout lasts just one day, the Tobacco Helpline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW is a year round initiative.

“It’s 24-7, and depending on your insurance you could qualify for free patches or gum to help you get going and get quit. As long as you set that quit date, you’ll have a coach that will call you. You can call any time as well.”

She says quitting now not only helps with your health, but more and more studies are showing how second and even third hand smoke harms the health of family members, children and pets.

 

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