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Letter: Quit smoking for Father's Day

Quit smoking for Father's Day

4:00 PM, Jun. 12, 2013  |  Comments
A little sign during a party celebrating the new no smoking regulations Thursday July 15, 2010 at Lakeshore Lanes. Photo by Gary C. Klein/The Sheboygan Press
A little sign during a party celebrating the new no smoking regulations Thursday July 15, 2010 at Lakeshore Lanes. Photo by Gary C. Klein/The Sheboygan Press
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EDITOR: For many families, Father's Day is a time to fire up the grill or treat dad to a Sunday morning brunch. Whatever a family's tradition may be, we recognize this as a time to say thank you to dads everywhere.

Unfortunately, there are many families in Wisconsin that won't be celebrating Father's Day this year. That's because 2,900 kids in Wisconsin have lost their dads to smoking, and more than 400 more will join them before the year is out.

The good news for dads who smoke is that it's never too late to quit, no matter what your age.

Even at an older age, quitting smoking can improve circulation and repair lung damage. A study published in the American Journal of Public Health also showed that male smokers who quit at the age of 65 added up to two years to their lives, and female smokers who quit at the same age gained up to three and a half years.

If you're a father who smokes, give your children a gift they'll treasure by calling the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669). The Quit Line, sponsored by the Wisconsin Tobacco Prevention and Control Program, offers free counseling and medications to help you quit smoking for good.

Quitting smoking has numerous benefits, but perhaps the greatest of all is more time spent with those we hold most dear: our families. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW today.

Dot Kalmon,

Central Wisconsin Tobacco-Free Coalition,

Wausau

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