BISMARCK, North Dakota — North Dakota's Health Department is encouraging people who smoke to participate in the Great American Smokeout.
The annual event is being observed nationwide Thursday. It encourages smokers to quit for a day as a step toward kicking the habit.
Neil Charvat directs the state Health Department's Tobacco Prevention and Control Program. He says more than half of adult smokers in North Dakota have tried to quit within the past year. He says for many people it takes multiple attempts, and the Great American Smokeout is a good starting point.
Charvat says the NDQuits program can provide both coaching and medication for smokers trying to quit.