All across the nation — and here in the Stateline — health professionals are urging smokers to kick the habit as part of the annual Great American Smokeout.
The event is held by the American Cancer Society, nationwide on the third Thursday in November.
OSF Saint Anthony Hospital reached out to smokers and encouraged them to get lung cancer screenings.
Doctors say lung cancer is 90-percent curable in the first stage, but the odds drop as the illness progresses.
An OSF nurse said that, even if smokers tried to quit once and failed, that’s still okay.
“Most people have eight quitting attempts before they’re successful,” said Oncology Nurse Navigator Peggy Malone. “We’d also like to remind people: the first time you try to quit, it may not take. You’ve got to keep trying.”
Malone also says that quitting can be an emotional time, and a help line is available. The number is 866-QUIT-YES or 866-784-8937.