Be a Quitter, Join the Great American Smokeout

Do you ever wish you could get that tobacco monkey off your back?

This monkey is breaking the smoking habit today.

Enjoy fresh air again and stop spending money on cartons of cigarettes by joining thousands of other Americans who are making a plan to quit smoking as part of the Great American Smokeout today, Nov. 15.

No matter how old you are or how long you’ve smoked, quitting can help you live longer and be healthier. People who stop smoking before age 50 cut their risk of dying in the next 15 years in half compared with those who keep smoking. Ex-smokers enjoy a higher quality of life with fewer illnesses from cold and flu viruses, better self-reported health and reduced rates of bronchitis and pneumonia.

If you want to stop smoking, consider enrolling in a program that offers help and support to increase your chances of success. The Tobacco Quit Line, funded by the Washington State Department of Health, provides free cessation services to all residents over the age of 18. Call toll-free (800) QUIT-NOW (784-8669) for more information or to get started.

Additionally, your employer or health plan may offer the Quit For Life Program. Find out more by calling toll-free (866) QUIT-4-LIFE (784-8454).