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Quit Smoking For a Day During the Great American Smokeout in Tri-Cities

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- For many people trying to quit smoking, November 20th, may be a good day to start.

It's the 33rd Annual Great American Smokeout. All you have to do is try to put the cigarettes down for at least one day.

Staff at Kennewick General Hospital say smoking one pack a day, means you're spending about $2,000 to $3,000 a year.

So how do you fight the urge? Well for starters you can build a support system for yourself. Or use a buddy system, so you have someone to call.

Try to stay busy so you're not thinking about your next drag. Staff at KGH also say, It's important to start out small before you can kick the habit for good.

"Putting up reminders that yes, I've made it through ten minutes without a cigarette, or I've made it through my first break of the day without a cigarette, I've made it three hours without a cigarette, set little goals, start small, and work up to a whole day," said Kristi Culver, KGH Clinical Nurse Educator.

There are a large number of resources. One helpful tool is to call 1-800-QUIT-NOW. That's the Washington State Tobacco Quit Line.

The help line started out eight years ago, and so far it's received more than 1000,000 calls. There are also some resources online to help smokers stay clean.

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