Wayne Tormala interviewed by Sonoran Living

Wayne Tormala was interviewed by Sonoran Living on ABC 15. Wayne discussed the Great American Smokeout and utilizing the ASHLine as a successful quitting tool.

To see the article and video, visit this link.

Take part in Great American Smoke Out

Arizona has one of the lowest rates of smokers in the country at just 16% of the population smoking compared to about 21% nationally.

“Our numbers are good,” says Wayne Tormala Bureau Chief for Tobacco and Chronic Disease at the Arizona Department of Health Services . “But we also know all the ‘low hanging fruit’ is gone and the remaining smokers in Arizona are all hard to reach.”

Which makes easy-to access “quit tips” and “health improvements from quitting,” found at www.ashline.org , extremely valuable to smokers.

Smokers will quit between 5-7 times before being on their way to a life free from tobacco addiction, and even then will need lifetime support.

In Arizona, residents can access the state’s smokers’ helpline, the Arizona Smokers’ Helpline, 1-800-55-66-222 or www.ashline.org , It is recognized nationally as an industry leader boasting a 37 percent quit rate, whereas other quitlines have rates of just 19-29 percent of clients successfully quit.

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