The 'Great American Smokeout' helps people plan to quit smoking

By: Kevin Hurd Email
By: Kevin Hurd Email

The Great American Smokeout happens every year on the third Thursday in November.

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- "It sometimes shows up in the form of a New Year's Resolution. A task on a to-do list filed under "get done eventually."

"Most people have the biggest struggle because it is such a social habit," said Jennifer Lenbom, a Chippewa County Public Health Nurse.

Pinpointing a time and date to quit smoking is not always easy. And so every year the "Great American Smokeout" is a chance for family and friends to help smokers make a plan to quit.

"People's blood pressure drops, their chances of developing certain cancers decrease," says Lenbom.

She says now is a good time to start that quitting conversation. That push to get people to quit got a big boost in 2010 when the law began prohibiting smoking in bars and restaurants.

"And it really has allowed people to have that limited exposure or that trigger to go have a cigarette," Lenbom said.

"I never really thought about it until now," said Jordan Hazelton.

He works at the Village Tavern Bar in Chippewa Falls. Before the smoking ban was passed he thought nothing of the cigarette smoke. But now that it is gone, he is glad his customers no longer have to smell it.

"It doesn't get all tar colored in the bar anymore, the walls actually get to stay white, so I think it's helped a lot in the maintenance in the buildings and stuff like that too," he said.

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