Can you get through the day without a cigarette? That the question community leaders and health advocates in Niagara Falls are asking smokers during today's Great American Smokeout. The idea is to quit smoking for 24 hours.
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will commemorate the day by hosting a celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in front of the first floor cafeteria.
Community leaders will be on hand to distribute information, answer questions and offer encouragement to those who want to learn more about kicking the smoking habit.
In New York State, tobacco kills more than 25,000 people a year. Niagara County has one of the state's highest smoking rates at 27.1 percent compared to the statewide rate of 15.5 percent.
You can receive free coaching and tips for quitting by calling the New York State Smokers' Quitline at 1-866-NY-QUITS.