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Great American Smokeout

Audio News Release Transcript

Interview with Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tommy Thompson.

NARRATOR: Today [November 21] is the "Great American Smokeout"—your opportunity to improve your health by quitting smoking. No matter how long you've been smoking—or how old you are—it's never too late to quit. By quitting now, you can add years to your life—and you will feel better almost immediately. As soon as you quit, you will breathe better, you'll recover from illness and injury faster, and your circulation will improve. Within the first year of quitting, you can reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke.

According to Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tommy Thompson, smoking is the greatest cause of preventable disease and death in the United States.

THOMPSON: "Even for people 65 and older, the health benefits will start the day you quit—and will be able to continue for the rest of your life. There's no better time to begin than right now-during the 'Great American Smokeout.'"

NARRATOR: Talk to your doctor. There are new treatments that can double or triple your chance of successful quitting. Contact the "U-S Public Health Service" for free information on quitting smoking. Call 1-800-3-5-8-9-2-9-5-and ask for the consumer booklet, "Good Information for Smokers." That's 1-800-3-5-8-9-2-9-5. Take the first step to a healthier life.

Page last reviewed November 2002
Internet Citation: Great American Smokeout: Audio News Release Transcript. November 2002. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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