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November 17, 2017

Are you tobacco-free? Join the Great American Smokeout today

Skagit County Public Health encourages everyone to commit (or recommit) to living a healthy, tobacco-free lifestyle today, Nov. 16, as part of the Great American Smokeout.

“The best way for smokers to improve their health is to quit cigarettes and other forms of combustible tobacco,” said Jennifer Johnson, Skagit County Public Health Director. “We’re committed to improving the health and wellness of all our residents, and we want to support anyone who chooses to take the first steps toward making a plan to quit.”

Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. About half of all Americans who keep smoking will die because of the habit. Each year more than 480,000 people in the United States die from illnesses related to tobacco use. This means smoking causes about 1 out of 5 deaths in the U.S. annually.

Skagit County Public Health is partnering with the American Cancer Society to provide support as people make their plan to quit. Resources for those who want to quit smoking are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at cancer.org/smokeout or by calling 1-800-227-2345.