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'Smokeout' could be any day

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KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- The American Cancer Society hopes Thursday's "Great American Smokeout" will prompt some smokers to re-evaluate and, at least, come up with a plan to quit.

"Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States," according to Ann Moenke of the Kalamazoo chapter.

Then, there are those who choose to head down a path that will, for many, lead to a nicotene addiction.

"Every day, we see more than 3800 young people under the age of 18 smoke their first cigarette," Moenke said.

Even though the "Smokeout" has been a tradition for years, Moenke said any day can be the day a smoker chooses to quit. She tells WKZO having a plan is important.

"Some folks quit cold turkey, some try to smoke fewer cigarettes leading up to that quit date, some use nicotene replacements," she said.

When setting the date, Moenke advises smokers to tell their friends and family about the date, so they can help them stick to it.

To hear the whole Moenke interview from The Lori Moore Show, click here.

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