FCHD has smoking ‘quit kits’

Go Cold Turkey this year on Thursday, Nov. 20, during the 32th Annual American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout. This event encourages smokers to quit smoking for a day, spotlights the dangers of tobacco use and acknowledges the challenges of quitting. To commemorate the Great American Smokeout the Fayette County Health Department will offer free “Quit Kits” to encourage smokers to quit for a lifetime by starting with just one day.

The “Quit Kit” contains items such as: candy, gum, mints, puzzles, pens, rubber bands, toothpicks, and straws to help smokers keep their hands and mouths busy without lighting up. The benefits of quitting, Illinois Tobacco Quitline number and local resources are also included in the “quit kit.”

The ‘Quit Kits’ will be available Tuesday and Wednesday, November 18 & 19, 2008, on a first come, first-served basis at the following four locations:

Fayette County Health Department

509 W. Edwards

Vandalia, IL 62471

Evans Public Library

215 S. 5th Street

Vandalia, IL

St. Elmo Public Library District

311 W. Cumberland Road

St. Elmo IL 62458

Brownstown Branch Library

114 A Main Street

Brownstown, IL 62418

For more information on how to quit smoking call the Fayette County Health Department at (618) 283-1044 or visit www.fayettehealthdept.org. Smoking Cessation Counseling is available from the Illinois Department of Public Health by calling the Illinois Tobacco Quitline at 1-866-QUIT-YES (1-866-784-8937).

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