Nov 21, 2013 at 6:12 am
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) Thursday is the annual Great American Smokeout--a day in which smokers are asked to put down their cigarettes for the day in hopes it will put them on a path to eventually quitting for good.
The national event has Minnesota roots. It grew out of a smokeless day promotion organized by the editor of the Monticello Times newspaper in 1974.
Kathi Di Nicola is a spokeswoman with the American Cancer Society of Minnesota. She says it typically takes between three and seven attempts before a smoker finally quits for good.
Di Nicola says there are many tools used in smoking cessation programs these days--everything from nicotine patches and gum to one on one counseling.
She says another deterrent for smokers is the cost--which took a big jump this year when the state tobacco tax jumped to $2.83 a pack. About 17-percent of Minnesotans smoke, compared to 20-percent of people nationally.
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