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Great American Smokeout this week

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MONROE, La., (KNOE 8 News) - The Great American Smokeout takes place this week, on the 15th.

In recognition of the smokeout, the Smoking Cessation Trust (SCT) is encouraging Louisianans to take their first step on the path to stop smoking cigarettes.

In late 2011, the judgment in a 14-year-old class action lawsuit entitled Scott v. American Tobacco Company became final. That judgment ordered certain tobacco companies to fund a statewide, 10-year smoking cessation program to benefit more than 200,000 Louisiana smokers who are members of the plaintiff class (the "Scott Class"). The recipient of the award was a court-established and court-supervised smoking cessation program to benefit all Louisiana residents who began smoking cigarettes before September 1, 1988.

Applicants who register for the new smoking cessation program and are approved as qualified recipients will be eligible to receive any of the following cessation services completely free: cessation medications, individual/ group cessation counseling, telephone quit-line support, and/or intensive cessation support services. By using these services, evidence suggests that participants will increase the success rate of attempts to stop smoking cigarettes, and may successfully quit—for good.

There are immediate benefits for those who stop smoking including return to heart rate and blood pressure normality, improved circulation, improved lung function, and improved smell and taste. Long term benefits to non-smokers include reducing the chance of dying prematurely from smoking related diseases by 60%, a lower risk of stroke, and improvement in overall physical appearance.

"It costs less to stop smoking than it does to continue," says Mike Rogers, Chief Executive Officer of SCT Management Services, the company that manages the SCT cessation program. "The average Louisiana smoker spends approximately $1,750 a year on cigarettes, before the higher costs of health insurance, extra doctor visits, dental whitening, and breath-mints. By signing up for the Smoking Cessation Trust program, people are not only able to save the $1,750 a year they spend now, but as an approved Member of the Scott Class their cost to quit will be zero."

For more information or to apply online, visit the Smoking Cessation Trust's website at www.smokefreela.org

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