Thursday is the 38th annual Great American Smoke Out - a day that is used to encourage smokers to either make a plan to quit, or to quit smoking all together.  The Madison County Health Department is encouraging Riverbend residents to participate, as a recent study shows tobacco use accounts for at least 30 percent of all cancer deaths and 80 percent of lung cancer deaths.

Health Department Educator Lisa Modrusic says smokers who quit, regardless of age, live longer than people who continue to smoke.

Modrusic comments

She says some callers may also qualify to receive free nicotine replacement products, such as the patch, gum, or lozenge through the mail.  Call 1-866-QUIT-YES (1-866-784-8937) for more information.

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