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ClearWay Minnesota(SM) to Share Stories of Real Minnesotans Who Used QUITPLAN(R) Services During Great American Smokeout
Date:11/14/2007

QUITPLAN Services provides free help for Minnesotans looking to quit

tobacco

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The 31st annual Great American Smokeout will take place on Thursday, November 15. Begun in Monticello, Minnesota, and now supported nationwide by the American Cancer Society, the Smokeout encourages smokers to stop using tobacco for at least one day.

"The Great American Smokeout is rooted in Minnesota, so it's fitting that we have one of the most comprehensive programs to help Minnesotans quit," said David Willoughby, Chief Executive Officer of ClearWay Minnesota. "It's always a great time to take advantage of the free, professional help provided by QUITPLAN Services to quit smoking and improve your health."

QUITPLAN Services can help Minnesotans looking to quit smoking, whether it's on the day of the Great American Smokeout or any other time of the year. Created by ClearWay Minnesota, QUITPLAN Services provide free professional counseling and a variety of help options for those looking to quit.

To help celebrate the Smokeout and raise awareness of the these free resources, ClearWay Minnesota will present a photo display of three Minnesotans who personally struggled to go smoke-free at Smiley's Family Medicine Clinic and QUITPLAN Center in Minneapolis. Their inspiring true stories are showcased in a traveling photo essay exhibit, which celebrates the efforts of Minnesotans who used QUITPLAN Services to make a healthier choice. The photo essay features the photography of Doug Beasley, founder and director of St. Paul-based Vision Quest Photographic Arts Center.

Those visiting the exhibit will also have an opportunity see how their own faces could become wrinkled and discolored if they smoked for years. Age-progression software demonstrations will show the effects of smoking compared to the natural aging process.

Launched in 2001, QUITPLAN Services have helped more than 10,000 Minnesotans successfully quit smoking, and encompass five different programs to help smokers quit.

QUITPLAN(R) Services for Minnesotans include:

* The QUITPLAN(R) Helpline -- The QUITPLAN Helpline offers telephone

counseling and free nicotine patches, lozenges or gum to eligible

callers.

* quitplan.com -- The website offers free lifetime membership, helpful

quitting tools and activities and the chance to connect online with

thousands of others who have chosen to quit tobacco.

* QUITPLAN(R) Centers -- QUITPLAN Centers provide in-person counseling in

a healthcare setting, as well as access to nicotine patches, lozenges or

gum.

* Community-Tailored QUITPLAN(R) Centers -- A combination of stop-smoking

tools and culturally-tailored counseling for communities of color.

* QUITPLAN(R) at Work -- The QUITPLAN at Work program offers free on-site

professional group counseling for eligible businesses with at least

eight employees ready to stop smoking.

About ClearWay Minnesota(SM)

ClearWay Minnesota is an independent, non-profit organization that improves the health of Minnesotans by reducing the harm caused by tobacco. ClearWay Minnesota serves Minnesota through its grant-making program, QUITPLAN(R) stop-smoking services and statewide outreach activities. It is funded with 3 percent of the state's 1998 tobacco settlement. For more information on ClearWay Minnesota or QUITPLAN Services, call 952-767-1400 or visit clearwaymn.org.

Contact: Mike Sheldon

Communications Manager

(952) 767-1425


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