With the number of smokers in Illinois on the decline, a county health department is pushing a New Year’s resolution to kick the habit. The DuPage County Health Department is urging smokers to choose a healthy lifestyle in 2013 and stop smoking. Spokesman David Hass says the smokers ready to quit can get help through the Illinois Tobacco Quit Line.
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“That is actually a combination effort of the state health department and the American Lung Association, so we encourage people to take advantage of that quit line and it’s a helping hand to help them through that difficult process of quitting smoking,” Hass said. Jan. 1 marks the five-year anniversary of the Smoke-Free Illinois Act. In 2008, 21.2 percent of Illinois adults smoked. That number dropped to 16.9 percent in 2012. Heart disease hospitalizations have also been on the decline. It’s estimated that more than 30,200 heart disease hospitalizations in Illinois have been prevented.