It's always a good time to quit smoking. But now, more than ever, smokers should make the effort to kick the habit.
Nov. 16 marks the start of a new law in Hawai'i that prohibits smoking in public places. The law - passed by the state Legislature this year - bans smoking in partially enclosed outdoor areas where smokers usually congregate for smoking breaks. The ban also includes restaurants, bars, airports, sports arenas, hotel lobbies, shopping malls, and other areas where employees work.
Nov. 16 is also the American Cancer Society's annual Great American Smokeout. More people quit smoking on this day than any other day of the year.
If you need help ending your addiction, visit smokefree.gov, sponsored by nationally recognized health and government organizations, including the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute. The site contains an online step-by-step cessation guide, local and state telephone quitlines, and resource publications to help you quit. There's also a link to the National Cancer Institute's LiveHelp service, an instant messaging chat line that allows you to converse with smoking cessation experts.
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