Public Health Urges People to “Commit to Quit” on World No Tobacco Day

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May 28, 2021 – Poweshiek County, Iowa – World No Tobacco Day 2021 occurs on May 31. The World Health Organization (WHO) created World No Tobacco Day in 1987 to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable death and disease it causes. 

Tobacco kills more than 8 million people each year. This yearly celebration informs the public on the dangers of using tobacco, the business practices of tobacco companies, what WHO is doing to fight the tobacco epidemic and what people around the world can do to claim their right to health and healthy living and to protect future generations. The World No Tobacco Day theme for 2021 is “Commit to Quit.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has made tobacco users realize there has never been a better time to quit smoking and vaping to protect their health. Poweshiek County Public Health (PCPH) urges tobacco users to Commit to Quit today with free and personalized help from Quitline Iowa. Quitline Iowa works with people quitting tobacco from many communities – LGBTQIA+, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Hispanic/Latinx, Black, African American, pregnant, Asian American and those with mental health concerns. 

The Quit Coaches® receive extensive training to address the varied systemic obstacles and barriers to quitting that exist within these communities. Poweshiek County residents can take advantage of the program by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visiting www.quitlineiowa.org to enroll. Registration specialists and Quit Coaches are available 24 hours a day. 

In addition, Iowa Department of Public Health offers a special program for teens who want to quit using tobacco, including vaping and e-cigarettes. Teens may call or text My Life My Quit at 855-891-9989 or visit mylifemyquit.com for real-time coaching.

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