The Great American Smoke Out

By Malique Rankin KX News

Today is the Great American Smoke out– where thousands of Americans say no to cigarettes. The event is sponsored by the American Cancer Society, and they’ve helped tobacco users quit smoking for more than 40 years. For people on the fence about quitting, the goal is to give them a day to make it happen. North Dakota’s smoking rate is at 19.8 percent, nearly 6 percent higher than the national average, according to the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kid. We spoke with one man who has been tobacco free for over 20 years on how he made the life-changing decision.

Jerry Grosz; Tobacco Free: “Well I look at the fact that my family, I didn’t want them to be subjected to that environment. And just, personal health.”

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in North Dakota.

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