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The Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of NovemberStop Smoking challenges people to stop smoking. Surveys show that most U.S. adult cigarette smokers know the health risks and want to quit. Many have tried in the past and failed, which is common. It takes people an average of 8 to 10 quit attempts before they succeed, according to the American Cancer Society.

Smoking is a tough habit to break because tobacco contains the very addictive chemical nicotine. Fortunately, the science of nicotine addiction is growing all the time and there is a plethora of smoking cessation tools and resources available, most are free. There is no one program that fits all. Smoking cessation is a difficult and complex process and smokers use many methods and approaches to help them quit and stay quit.

If you want to quit smoking or know someone who does, check out the many resources available. With LHP’s health insurance, smoking cessation over the counter medications are available at no charge to employees. Log on to or contact Human Resources for more information. You can kick the habit for good! And there are people and programs who will assist:

American Cancer Society:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

 North American QUITLINE Consortium