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North Dakotans who are ready to quit tobacco are invited to join thousands of others from around the country to begin a journey toward a tobacco-free life on Thursday, November 15, with the Great American Smokeout. The Great American Smokeout is an annual American Cancer Society event that has helped tobacco users quit for over forty years. Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health and NDQuits, North Dakota’s tobacco cessation program, are supporting the event by providing the tools and education needed to successfully quit tobacco.
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in North Dakota. Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health provides educational materials and tobacco cessation resources for those wanting to quit any form of tobacco. In addition, NDQuits offers free support, coaching, and a personalized quit plan.
By creating a quit plan and setting a quit date, tobacco users can increase their odds of staying tobacco-free. A quit plan may include identifying tobacco triggers, listing reasons to quit, and building a strong support system.
“The Great American Smokeout provides the motivation and encouragement many tobacco users need,” said Susan Kahler, Tobacco Prevention and Control Coordinator. “Encourage your friends and family members to quit with you. This will increase the likelihood of quitting successfully by creating a support system to help you overcome cravings and triggers.”
North Dakota’s smoking rate, at 19.8%, is higher than the current national average of 13.9%, according to the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids. In North Dakota, 1,000 adults die prematurely each year from smoking-related illnesses. To put that in perspective, nearly three of our family members and friends die every day from tobacco.
Tobacco users can get help enrolling in NDQuits with assistance from Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health, or by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669). TDD users can call toll-free at 1-800-842-4681. Online enrollment is also available at ndquits.health.nd.gov.
To learn about tobacco prevention and cessation efforts happening in our community, contact Susan Kahler, CTTS Tobacco Prevention and Control Coordinator, Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health at 701-355-1597.