Editor:

This Fourth of July, celebrate your independence from tobacco use. Addiction to tobacco products keeps thousands of Hoosiers from living a healthier life. The decision to quit using tobacco may be an obvious choice for many, but it can be a difficult journey to take.

That is why it is important for those who are ready to quit to begin by focusing on their own reason for quitting. Do you want to help protect your family from secondhand smoke? Do you want to improve your health? Are you concerned about the money you are spending on tobacco products? There are numerous reasons that help people overcome their tobacco addiction. What will be your reason for quitting?

Our country’s freedom did not come easy and ending your tobacco addiction won’t be either. Along with the support of loved ones and your health care provider, there is free help available through the Indiana Tobacco Quitline. Call 1-800-Quit-Now or visit QuitNowIndiana.com when you’re ready to take the first step towards a tobacco-free life. Right now, the Quitline is offering a free two-week starter kit of nicotine replacement therapy (gum, patches, or lozenges) to all registered callers. For more on local tobacco prevention and control efforts, visit Daviess County Tobacco-Free Coalition on Facebook.

Molly Healy

Misty Fisher

Carole Luchtefeld

John Richardson

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