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October 4, 2012

LETTERS: Restino not fit for Assembly; Niagara County smoking rate alarming

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You make the call in this election. However, if you are anywhere near Restaino, don’t do it on your cell phone. Mae West once commented “An ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises.”

Michael Higgins

Niagara Falls

 

Niagara County’s smoking rate alarming

Across New York state we have seen smoking rates drop over the years. Currently 18.1 percent of adults in New York over age 18 smoke. That is an improvement for the state but when you break it down by county, Niagara County does not fare well, with 27 percent of adults still smoking. This is a public health concern. Smoking not only affects the smoker’s health but also the health of those around him/her.

Quitting smoking can be a challenge, but there are many resources to help. Many people over look their doctor, who can be one of those resources. Through your doctor you can obtain prescriptions to help you quit smoking, prescriptions for nicotine replacement therapies (i.e. nicotine patches or gum) or medications to help you quit. Also available is the New York State Smokers Quitline, 1-866-NY-QUITS. The quitline offers counseling and many people are eligible for a free starter kit of nicotine patches.

Hopefully as more people become aware of these resources and take advantage of them, we’ll see Niagara County’s smoking rate drop.

Heather Lynn Bashaw

Coordinator Roswell Park Cancer Institute Tobacco Cessation Center

 

 

 

 

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