Great American Smoke Out, Kicking the Habit

By KBJR News 1

November 19, 2012 Updated Nov 19, 2012 at 12:55 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.COM) Thursday was a day when, nationwide, people are encouraged to kick their smoking habit for good.

The 37th Annual Great American Smoke-out is encouraging smokers to put their health first and live a tobacco-free life.

The event also encourages smokers to quit for the day to help them realize that quitting is possible.

In Northeastern Minnesota, the young adult smoking rate is much higher than across the state.

Anti-smoking advocates say the most effective way to prevent anyone from picking-up the habit is by increasing the tobacco tax.

"It helps people who currently smoke quit because it becomes more expensive and it makes it easier for them to choose to quit and then it also reduces the amount of young people who start smoking because it becomes too unaffordable for them to start," said Jill Doberstein of the American Lung Association.

The American Lung Association says that an increase of one dollar and fifty cents per pack would help 30 thousand Minnesotans quit.

If you're interested in quitting you can go to www.QUITPLAN.com for free tips and resources.