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Event: Great American Smokeout

Free help for quitting smoking is available by calling 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669) or visiting

Everyday EMS Tips readers today is the Great American Smokeout. If you smoke today is your day to stop. I am here to support, encourage, and cajole you to change your life today. You will feel better (eventually), have more money, have more oxygen capacity, and live longer.

A few facts from the CDC MMWR about smoking, “approximately 46 million adults (20.6% of the population) still smoke (1), and every day, another 1,000 young persons become new smokers (2). Annually, smoking results in 440,000 deaths and $193 billion in health-care costs and lost productivity.”

What else can I do to support your efforts to quit smoking?

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.