Spencer, IA (KICD)–The American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout is taking place today.
Compass Pointe Consultant for Tobacco Use and Control for Clay and Dickinson County Whitney Mingus says today is a great day to quit smoking or even give it a try for 24 hours.
Mingus says Iowans who need help quitting smoking or using smokeless tobacco can utilize Quitline Iowa by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW.
Mingus isn’t a fan of the increasingly popular e-cigarettes.
The Great American Smokeout® grew out of an event in 1974, when the editor of a Minnesota newspaper organized the first D-Day, or Don’t Smoke Day. Two years later the California Division of the American Cancer Society® successfully encouraged almost 1 million smokers to quit for the day. That event marked the first of what would become an annual event across the nation in 1977.