Marquette, MI – November 3, 2020 – Adele Price, LPN and clinical coordinator with UPHP, joined Mark & Walt in the Morning today for a conversation about tobacco cessation.
Price explained that tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability and death in the United States. Each year nearly ½ million Americans die prematurely due to smoking or exposure to 2nd hand smoke.
She added that November is the Great American Smoke Out where the American Cancer Society campaigns to encourage smokers to quit. The message is that you don’t have to quit in one day but you can start with one day. November 19th is that day this year.
Price said another very important reason to focus on quitting tobacco is the fact that we are all facing a pandemic with COVID-19. We know that smoking can weaken the immune system, making it harder to fight diseases.
COVID-19 can affect the lungs; it can cause very serious complications and can even lead to death. So now more than ever is a great time for someone who smokes to seriously take the steps to quit.
Price said that a great resource for those trying to quit is the Michigan Tobacco Quitline. This is a free call, and anyone can call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.
She added that the Quitline is staffed with certified specialists who can work with you to make a plan, stick with the plan and how to face challenges or get through cravings.
Price finished up with the message that it’s never too late to quit, and although it isn’t easy, it’s so worth it for your health and your quality of life.