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City Council President Stuckart challenging fellow councilman, residents to quit smoking

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart has joined Spokane's first-ever Stop Smoking Challenge, which encourages residents who smoke to make an attempt to quit by November 16. 

Stuckart currently smokes but says he's quitting for good. 

“Smoking is an ugly addiction that continues to kill too many of our neighbors and loved ones," Stuckart said. "The health problems and costs associated with smoking just compound the many problems facing Spokane’s working families. As someone who smokes and as a leader in our community, I’m in a unique position to help by sharing my quit attempt with others in the hopes they can try to quit too.”

Stuckart is also challenging fellow councilman Mike Fagan and state representative Timm Ormsby to quit as well. 

The health district’s Stop Smoking Challenge is being done under as part of Done My Way, an evocative, culturally appropriate local campaign it launched last spring in partnership with CHAS Health. The campaign features compelling local stories told by real former smokers, highlighting a variety of quit methods, including where to get free gum and patch for those without insurance, and providing a glimpse at better lives without cigarettes. 

Stuckart will be using several of the campaign’s proven cessation resources and tips for quitting, including:

Using nicotine replacement patches, in combination with counseling

  • The combination of counseling and pharmacologic therapies can produce higher quit rates than either one alone.

Setting a quit date

  • Stuckart chose Oct. 8, 2017 as his first official day to give up cigarettes and has been decreasing the number of cigarettes he smokes leading up to his quit day. He’s also telling family and friends about his quit plan for support and accountability.

Preparing for challenges.

  • The urge to smoke is short—usually only 3 to 5 minutes, but those moments can feel intense. Stuckart carries a list of healthy ways he will cope like going for a bike ride and using cinnamon toothpicks.
  • Stuckart can call the Washington State Department of Health’s Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW for help getting supplemental nicotine replacement gum, and he can use the state’s SmartQuit app for additional support.

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