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The Delaware County Board of Supervisors recognized Nov. 14-20 as Tobacco Awareness Week at their Nov. 8 meeting, with Chair Pete Buschmann, front, signing the proclamation. Back from left, Supervisor Jeff Madlom, Maquoketa Valley Teens Eliminate Lies (MVTEL) representatives Kaitlyn Nolan, Maddy Rieniets, Grace Rowan, MVTEL Supervisor Mary Ries, Helping Services Tobacco Prevention Coordinator Ashley Havenstrite and Supervisor Shirley Helmrichs.

Are you or someone you know struggling to quit smoking, vaping or chewing?

Nov. 14-20 is Northeast Iowa Tobacco Awareness Week. The Board of Supervisors from Allamakee, Clayton, Delaware, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek counties have proclaimed Tobacco Awareness Week throughout their counties. Thursday, Nov. 18 marks the nationwide Great American Smokeout. This annual event encourages people to stop using tobacco for the day and to make plans to quit.

Overcoming nicotine addiction to any tobacco product can be challenging regardless if you are an adolescent or an adult. It’s a journey that you don’t have to face alone. Free services are available to help guide you down the path to success. These services pair you with a trained Quit Coach to help develop an individualized quitting plan and determine how to best help you.

In Iowa, there are two free resources available to all residents. Are you worried about your teen vaping? MY LIFE MY QUIT is a service that is specifically designed for youth ages 13 to 17 years old. Teens may call or text 855-891-9989. For more information about youth tobacco/nicotine use, visit www.mylifemyquit.org. If you are 18-plus, take advantage of QUITLINE by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit www.quitlineiowa.org to enroll. Registration specialists and Quit Coaches are available 24 hours a day. If you are uninsured or on Medicare, you may be eligible for free nicotine replacement therapy.

If everyone — from youth to adults — supports those who are trying to quit, we can build a tobacco-free community, nation and world. Learn how to get involved and support tobacco prevention efforts in your community, by contacting Helping Services for Youth & Families at prevention @helpingservices.org. Serving families since 1973, Helping Services for Youth & Families is dedicated to responding to current health and safety needs of youth and families through empowerment, support and education.