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Wisconsin Statewide Smoke-Free Law May Prompt Smokers to Quit
Date:7/6/2010

PARSIPPANY, N.J., July 6 /PRNewswire/ -- July 5th is a great day to quit smoking for good.  There are more than 806,000 smokers in the state of Wisconsin and every year almost 7,200 of them die from a tobacco-related illness.(1) As of July 5, folks now have an added incentive to quit with the Wisconsin smoke free law that took effect in all restaurants, bars and workplaces.(2)

Research shows that policy changes, like the new statewide smoke-free law, may prompt smokers to take an interest in quitting;(3) however, many people find that it is difficult to put down their cigarettes and walk away forever.  Quitting "cold turkey" is the most common method people try – it is also the least successful.(4)  In fact, approximately 95 percent of all cold turkey quit attempts fail.(4)

"While it is great that legislation such as smoke-free laws get people thinking about quitting, many may not be sure how to take the next step in getting help," said Maureen Busalacchi, Executive Director of Smoke Free Wisconsin. "Fortunately, there are several resources available that quitters can utilize, such as counseling, coaching and medications, which can significantly improve their chances of quitting successfully versus attempting to quit cold turkey."

Wisconsin smokers interested in quitting can find information at www.smokefree.gov and

SOURCE GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare
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