Va. health agency launching quit smoking campaign

A high school student, who preferred not to be identified, smokes a cigarette in a de facto smoking area just off the property of Lewis-Palmer High School, in Monument, Colo., Thursday Feb. 20, 2014. A proposal to raise the tobacco age to 21 in Colorado is up for its first review in the state Legislature. The bipartisan bill would make Colorado the first with a statewide 21-to-smoke law. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP/WAVY) — Virginia health officials are launching a campaign to help cigarette smokers kick the habit.

The Virginia Department of Health says it is counting down to Virginia Quit Day on Nov. 20. Tips and support will be posted on the agency’s Facebook page every day leading up to the event.

The agency also is including information for people helping support friends and family in their decision to quit smoking.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Marissa Levine says quitting tobacco is the single most important step a person can take to improve their health and quality of life.

The Virginia efforts are being done in concert with the Great American Smoke Out campaign.

Click here to learn more about Quit Now Virginia.

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