Wyoming Foots Bill to Quit Cigs

1/3 of cancer deaths in the United States are caused by smoking.
1/3 of cancer deaths in the United States are caused by smoking.

Today is the Great American Smokeout, sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Smokers were challenged to stop lighting up for 24 hours, and encouraged to make a plan to kick the habit permanently.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, in Wyoming around 20% of the residents smoke, but a survey from the Cancer Society shows 70% of those smokers desire to quit. Wyoming's tobacco cessation coordinator, Kathi Wilson, says quitting “cold turkey” used to be a big part of the promotion, but that's changed over the years because the method has become less effective.

Wilson says Wyoming offers free counseling and resources to help people quit. Folks can sign up at the Wyoming quit tobacco website – we'll provide a link on our website, sheridanmedia.com – or by calling a toll-free number – also posted at our website. The benefits of signing up include free products and payments toward prescriptions.

The American Cancer Society says 1/3 of cancer deaths could be prevented if people avoided tobacco products. But others see smoking as a personal choice, and a source of revenue for the state through tobacco taxes.

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Is this the same State of Wyoming who refuses to pass a smoking ban in public places so that our god given right to contract cancer and give it to others is firmly upheld???....

Misleading headline?

Curious headline given that the article makes absolutely NO mention of how tobacco prevention and cessation programs in the state actually are funded. The implication seems to be, however, that these programs are funded from general taxpayer money, and that simply isn't the case. Wyoming's (and most other states') tobacco prevention and cessation programs are paid for with money collected from the 1998 Tobacco Settlement payments and tobacco taxes. Interestingly, though Wyoming will collect $46 million this year in settlement payments and tobacco taxes, it will spend less than 12% of those revenues on tobacco prevention [http://thewyonews.net/2010/11/17/report-ranks-wyoming-fifth-for-tabacco-prevention-spending/]....