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Letter to the editor | There’s help for smokers

This month, Quality Insights of Pennsylvania supports National Smoking Cessation Month.

By quitting, even for one day, smokers can take an important step toward a healthier life — one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.

According to the American Cancer Society, tobacco use remains the most preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S., yet about 44 million Americans still smoke cigarettes. That is almost one in five adults.

Quitting is hard, but smokers can increase their chances of success with help. Organizations such as the American Cancer Society offer resources and support that can increase smokers’ chances of quitting successfully.

Research shows that smokers are most successful in kicking the habit when they have support, such as telephone smoking-cessation hotlines, stop-smoking groups, online quit groups and nicotine-replacement products.

Nov. 21 is the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout. The event chall-enges people to stop using tobacco and helps people learn about the many tools they can use to quit permanently.

Quality Insights of Pennsylvania, the Medicare quality improvement organization for Pennsylvania, offers downloadable resources and tools on its website to help smokers quit. Visit www.qipa.org and click on “Resources” and “Health e-Tools” to access items such as the smoking-cost calculator and the Zombie Smokeout mobile game.

Krista Davis, Harrisburg

The writer is assistant director of communications for Quality Insights.