Sioux Falls, SD
Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Approximately 14 million cases of major medical conditions among adults are attributed to smoking.
That's according to the CDC, and in South Dakota alone, about 20 percent of adults smoke cigarettes.
"I think the biggest thing is you make a plan, and you set up a quit date, and then really prepare for that quit date," Sanford Health Cancer Outreach Coordinator Shannon Park said. "You know, we all have different triggers throughout the day that cause us to smoke so really figuring out what those are and what we can do during that time to maybe switch up your routine a little bit more."
Park works with those in the community who need a helping hand to kick the habit.
"We provide education for patients that want to quit smoking and we also do that within the community by implementing tobacco cessation workshops. We're trying to get cessation workshops here within Sanford, and we're also working with other health care systems within Sioux Falls to implement them as well," Park said.
Smokers can find resources available in South Dakota to help kick the habit.
"I think what's important is that you know, stay positive. Really reward yourself for those small successes. And utilize the other resources. You know the South Dakota quit line is available, 1-800-QUIT-NOW, and that will direct you to your states quit line," Park said.
For more information about South Dakota Quitline, visit their website.
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