Great American Smokeout urges people to quit for one day

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MIDDLETOWN – Today, Thursday, is the annual Great American Smokeout where smokers are asked to put down their cigarettes, cigars and pipes for just one day.

Sue Lennon of the Center for a Tobacco-Free Hudson Valley, said in recent years, overall tobacco use in the region has declined.

“The smoking rate for adults right now is right around 14 percent as opposed to when it started which was in the 70s, We have had great success but we a lot of work still to do because there are still people smoking at the higher rates. People who live in low-income areas, have a lower education level or suffer from mental health,” she said. “So we are really focused on reaching those folks and offering them the evidence-based method to increase their chances of having a successful quit from smoking.”

Lennon said there is no definitive proof that vaping is means of cessation from smoking and any who may want to vape to avoid smoking should contact their doctor for their input.