Thursday, November 18, 2010

ACS' Great American Smokeout

Today is the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout, a day dedicated to quitting smoking and raising awareness about smoke free air. If you know someone who needs to quit smoking they can call 1-800-Quit-Now, the Indiana Tobacco Quitline, for 4-weeks free counselling and 2-weeks free patch or gum. You can also check out our website for a list of local cessation providers.

Yesterday, the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, released it's annual rankings of state tobacco control programs. This year Indiana is ranked 28th in the nation because we only spend $9.2 million dollars a year on tobacco prevention which is only 11.7% of what the CDC recommends for our state. Tobacco companies spend over $462 million dollars every year in Indiana to advertise their products. Indiana also receives $140 million dollars every year from the settlement with the tobacco companies but only spends 7% on tobacco prevention programs.

A new website you can checkout:
Also remember to text "smokefree" to 242-242 for Smoke Free Indy alerts.

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