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It’s Quitting Time in North Dakota

As North Dakota gears up for Quit Week, slated for June 9-15, 2024, residents are urged to mark their calendars and make a commitment to becoming tobacco-free. Spearheaded by Quit Week partners from Tobacco Free North Dakota, North Dakota Health and Human Services, and local public health units (LPHUs), this annual initiative aims to empower individuals across the state to make a quit plan to stop using commercial tobacco and alternative nicotine products.


For the fifth consecutive year, residents are encouraged to set a quit date for recovery from their dependence on cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, or electronic nicotine devices. With support from healthcare providers, pharmacists, NDQuits, and local public health units, individuals can receive tailored quit plans and gain access to a wealth of tools and resources to bolster their chances of success. Services include personal coaching and access to medications to improve the rate of success. NDQuits provides free nicotine replacement therapy to participants who qualify.


"Breaking free from the grip of tobacco and nicotine isn't easy, but it's undoubtedly one of the most empowering decisions you can make for yourself,” said Kaitlen Lee, Tobacco Treatment Specialist with City-County Health District. “Take that first step towards liberation and watch as your vitality and well-being flourish."


In addition to highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco and nicotine dependence, including various cancers, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and respiratory illnesses such as COPD, Quit Week serves as a crucial opportunity for individuals to prioritize their well-being.


Despite strides in reducing tobacco use rates, 15% of adults in North Dakota continue to smoke, contributing to 1,000 deaths annually and approximately $379 million in healthcare costs, according to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. However, with the collective efforts of local public health units, Tobacco Free North Dakota, and NDQuits, progress is being made to combat tobacco-related challenges in the state.


To explore available resources and embark on the journey to quit tobacco and nicotine, individuals are encouraged to contact City-County Health District at 845-8518 or reach out to NDQuits. Let Quit Week be the starting point towards a healthier, tobacco-free future for all North Dakotans.

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