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Polk County Health Dept. recognizes the Great Smoke Out
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Polk County Health Dept. recognizes the Great Smoke Out

Bartow, Fla. - The Great American Smoke Out is today, November 21.

Health officials in Polk County say it is an ideal day for smokers to find their "inner quitter".

This observance is sponsored by the American Cancer Society, and raises awareness about the dangers of smoking and highlights the many effective resources available to successfully quit.
 
The Florida Department of Health in Polk County Tobacco Prevention Program offers resources and guidance to local businesses seeking to offer cessation services to their employees. 

According to research studies, healthcare costs for smokers are 34 percent higher than for non-smokers. Workers who smoke at least one pack a day can lose more than 75 percent productivity compared to employees who don't smoke.

"Establishing a quit plan is essential to success for any tobacco user.  With three free options to help a smoker quit, people can set a date and be confident they will have the support they need to turn this quit attempt into a permanent lifestyle change," said Angela Forte, Tobacco Program Manager.

Tobacco Free Florida offers three ways to quit. On-line. Over the phone coaching, and in-person classes. For more information, visit www.tobaccofreeflorida.com.

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