It’s less than three weeks until the 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.  OSF St. Anthony’s Health Center 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.

Studies show smokers who quit, regardless of age, live longer than people who continue to smoke.  Still, OSF St. Anthony’s Respiratory Therapist Vincent Gibbs tells The Big Z not everyone can quit on their first try.

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For more information on strategies to help you stop smoking, call 465-2264.


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