Monday, March 14, 2011

Smokers Urged to Quit during Kick Butts Day

Van Buren YLC/JEL Encourages Smokers to Kick the Deadly Habit

On Wednesday, March 23rd Van Buren JEL/YLC members will be encouraging smokers to kick the deadly habit in a variety of ways. This is a day for smokers nationwide to unite and kick the deadly habit of smoking. The youth encourage smokers to quit for a lifetime by starting with just one day.

Today more Americans than ever understand the dangers associated with tobacco use and a record 46 million adults have kicked the habit and are now former smokers. Still, one and four adults are current smokers, and lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death. This year in Iowa more than 1,790 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer and more than 1,700 will die from the disease.

Smoking remains the most preventable cause of death in the U.S., but there are resources available to help people quit. Quitline Iowa utilizes science-based resources that double a caller’s chances of quitting for good, including trained tobacco cessation specialists available 24 hours a day. If you’re serious about quitting or helping someone else quit, call 1.800.QUIT NOW (1.800.784.8669) and ask for help.

The Van Buren JEL/YLC youth will be hosting a variety of KBD events in both their school and the community. The youth will be picking up cigarette butts, providing no smoking signs to businesses in need, sharing information about Quitline Iowa and reminding their peers of the dangers of tobacco use and why they should never start using. Be watching for these youth with their messages throughout the week next week! For more information about the JEL/YLC program or their initiatives check them out on the web or you may contact us at 319-293-6412.

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