PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A new state health department campaign is encouraging Rhode Islanders to quit smoking in the new year.
The smoking cessation campaign centers around the stories of former smokers who share the ways smoking has negatively affected them. On the initiative’s Facebook page a Westerly woman who smoked for 35 years tells how she survived lip cancer. Another woman tells how her husband died of heart disease after smoking for 30 years.
The campaign is modeled after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s national ‘‘Tips from Former Smokers Campaign.’’
State Health Director Michael Fine says quitting is hard but the more times a smoker tries, the more likely he or she will be successful. Officials urge those wishing to quit to call the cessation hotline at 800-QUIT-NOW.