The struggle to quit smoking

KIMT News 3 - The numbers have dropped over the years, but smoking is still a problem for adults in the U.S.

According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 18 percent of adults in the U.S. smoke cigarettes, and one in every five American deaths each year is caused by smoking.

However, millions of Americans are also making the bold effort to kick the habit, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports nearly 35 million people make a serious attempt to quit smoking each year; but quitting is easier said, than done.

David Knudson of Albert Lea says he has been smoking for more than 10 years.

While he hasn’t made an attempt to quit yet, he tells us, he has hopes of someday kicking the habit.

“After 10 years of doing it, you can definitely tell there is more to it than just smoking a cigarette,” he explains. “It is an addiction, and it does control you.”

This out-of-control feeling is common for those who smoke, and something prevention specialist, Jay Pedelty, sees almost every day.

“We have made huge progress,” he explains, “but we need to do something about the advertising, and the cost of these things,and, we could lower it, even further.”

Quitting is certainly not easy, but it’s not impossible either.

Resources like smokefree.gov and Quitline Iowa are available for those who are hoping to kick the habit.

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