GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT: HUMBOLDT COUNTY RESIDENTS FIND INTERESTING WAYS TO QUIT SMOKING
Humboldt County, CA- Today is the 37th annual Great American Smokeout sponsored by the American Cancer Society. The smokeout encourages smokers to use this date to quit smoking. Some Humboldt County residents have chosen some interesting ways to kick the habit.
Thomas Edrington, the Executive Director of the Holistic Health Center in Arcata has been smoking for 10 years and has chosen this day to quit. He added, "It’s time it's done. I've got a child on the way. There's no reason to keep smoking."
He has been working with the American Cancer Society to encourage smokers to explore other methods of quitting. Acupuncturist Ryan Vodden told us, "it involves to points in the ear. Two of those points are from relaxation; the other point switches the fight or flight feeling off. And then the other points are for will power. To have the person have strength to be able to say no to another cigarette."
For some acupuncture can be extreme, but officials at the American Cancer Society tells us that smoking continues to be an epidemic. Lucy Ingrey, the community mission director for the American Cancer Society told us, "It’s estimated that one in five people will die from tobacco related use."
Ingrey added, "Quitting and avoiding tobacco products is one of the most important things people can to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays."
The American Cancer Society office in Eureka offers support groups every third Wednesday of the month.
You can also stop by their office at the address below and pick up quit smoking packets.
American Cancer Society, Eureka- 2942 F Sreet, Eureka