Kick The Habit on World No Tobacco Day

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Tri-Lakes Clean Air Alliance members, from left, Teri Harr, Trisha Doering, Kara Miller, Jim Brawner, Casey Parnell, Patricia Civiello and Heather Zoromski show off the hundreds of cigarette butts they picked up Tuesday morning at Branson Landing.

In observance of World No Tobacco Day, members of Tri-Lakes Clean Air Alliance spent Tuesday morning scouring Branson Landing picking up cigarette butts. In one hour, the team of seven filled six one-liter bottles and three quart-sized bags full of cigarette butts and trash from cigarettes.

“In addition to being an eyesore, this type of litter is harmful and eventually makes it into our waterways,” said Tri-Lakes Clean Air Alliance member Heather Zoromski.

World No Tobacco Day, which is May 31, is a day to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption worldwide and to draw attention to the widespread use of tobacco products and their negative health effects.

Cox Medical Center Branson joins forces with Tri-Lakes Clean Air Alliance to encourage community members to abstain from using any tobacco on May 31.

Cox Medical Center Branson is also ready to help people quit. Jim Brawner is a community educator at Cox Medical Center Branson and leads a highly successful tobacco cessation program.

“The most important reason for anyone to quit is for their own personal health,” Brawner said.

The program is in its 13th month. Currently, more than 70 percent of people who have completed the 7-week program continue to not use tobacco six months after the end of the program.

The next 7-week program begins Monday, June 23, at 6 p.m. in Kimberling City. Another session will begin Wednesday, June 2, at 10 a.m. in Branson. The cost is $80 which includes materials and nicotine replacement therapy. For more information, contact Jim Brawner at 417-348-8498.

The Tri-Lakes Clean Air Alliance is a group of individuals in the Tri-Lakes Area who believe everyone deserves to breathe clean air. The goal of the Tri-Lakes Clean Air Alliance is to educate residents, tourists and workers on the effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke.

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