QUITPLAN(R) Services Can Help Make Mother's Day Smoke-Free

Saturday, May 10, 2008 General News
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MINNEAPOLIS, May 9 As Mother's Day approaches, manysmokers can give their mothers and themselves the gift of health by quitting.The holiday is an excellent opportunity to quit smoking for Mom, or formothers to quit smoking for their kids. QUITPLAN(R) Services can helpMinnesotans quit smoking, whether it's on Mother's Day or at any other time ofthe year. Created by ClearWay Minnesota(SM), QUITPLAN Services provide freeprofessional counseling and a variety of help options for those looking toquit.

According to the Surgeon General, smoking is responsible for 80 percent oflung cancer deaths in women. Quitting smoking not only improves personalhealth, but also reduces the risk of exposing others to secondhand smoke.According to the Surgeon General, children exposed to secondhand smoke are atan increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome, acute respiratoryinfections, ear problems and more severe asthma.

"We know quitting smoking can be hard, and that is why we have one of themost comprehensive programs to help Minnesotans quit," said David Willoughby,ClearWay Minnesota chief executive officer. "We want to encourage Minnesotansto use the proven tools of QUITPLAN Services to quit smoking and livehealthier. QUITPLAN Services can help make Mother's Day smoke-free for you andyour loved ones."

In addition to being unhealthy for the smoker, tobacco use takes its tollon all Minnesotans. Each year, 5,600 Minnesotans die from tobacco-relateddiseases, and the cost of smoking is estimated to be $2 billion in directhealth care costs. Minnesotans can find out about all the free help to quitsmoking through QUITPLAN Services by calling 1-888-354-PLAN (7526).

ClearWay Minnesota is an independent, non-profit organization thatimproves the health of Minnesotans by reducing the harm caused by tobacco.ClearWay Minnesota serves Minnesota through its grant-making program,QUITPLAN(R) stop-smoking services and statewide outreach activities. It isfunded with 3 percent of the state's 1998 tobacco settlement. For moreinformation on ClearWay Minnesota or QUITPLAN Services, call 952-767-1400 orvisit clearwaymn.org.QUITPLAN(R) Services for Minnesotans include: -- The QUITPLAN(R) Helpline -- The QUITPLAN Helpline, 1-888-354-PLAN (7526), offers telephone counseling and free nicotine patches, lozenges or gum to eligible callers. -- quitplan.com -- The website offers free lifetime membership, helpful quitting tools and activities and the chance to connect online with thousands of others who have chosen to quit tobacco. -- QUITPLAN(R) Centers -- QUITPLAN Centers provide in-person counseling in a healthcare setting, as well as access to nicotine patches, lozenges or gum. -- Community-Tailored QUITPLAN(R) Centers -- A combination of stop-smoking tools and culturally-tailored counseling for communities of color. -- QUITPLAN(R) at Work -- The QUITPLAN at Work program offers free on-site professional group counseling for eligible businesses with at least eight employees ready to stop smoking. About ClearWay Minnesota(SM)

SOURCE ClearWay Minnesota

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