News Release

Health Department of Northwest Michigan
serving Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego Counties
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Great American Smokeout--November 17, 2011

(November 14, 2011) The Great American Smokeout, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, is an annual event that encourages smokers to quit for at least one day in the hope they will be encouraged to stop permanently. The 36th annual event will be held on November 17, 2011.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, approximately two out of three smokers want to quit, and over half of current adult smokers tried to quit within the past year.

"We're encouraging smokers to mark their calendars for November 17 and to give up cigarettes for that one day," said Lynne DeMoor, who coordinates the Tobacco Reduction Coalition for the Health Department of Northwest Michigan.

We know smokers who get support, like counseling or medication, are more likely to stay quit than those who try to quit on their own. Getting help can double or triple the chances of quitting. So we encourage smokers to call the Michigan Quit Line.

The Michigan Quit Line, 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669) offers free assistance for quitting cigarettes or chew through motivation, coaching, referrals, information, and for those eligible, free nicotine replacement therapy.

Since 2002, the number of former smokers in the United States has exceeded the number of current smokers. But 19.3% of U.S. adults (about 45.3 million) still smoke. Additional information and free support for quitting is available online at

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services launched the Million Hearts initiative, aimed at preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next 5 years. An estimated 26% of heart attacks and 12%--19% of strokes are attributable to smoking. Additional information is available at

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code to promote wellness, prevent disease, provide quality healthcare, address health problems of vulnerable populations, and protect the environment for the residents and visitors of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties.