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Iowa sees a decline in smoking according to national study

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More people are finding the will to quit smoking. A new study by the the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation broke down cigarette smoking.

As of 2012, Johnson County had the fewest in Eastern Iowa at just under 10 percent of men and women. Dubuque County had just under 14 percent. Linn County and Black Hawk County were around 15 percent.

"I think smoking use is down because the campaign ads they got now against smoking and the dangers of smoking made more aware now," said Mark Robinson. 

"Because you can't smoke anywhere else like restaurants or hospitals or anything else like that. I think to me just quit selling them," said Michael Tyler. 

Jackie Preston with Pathways Behavioral Services in Waterloo says she's not surprised by the study. She says one major resource helping the cause is the statewide initiate called Quitline Iowa.

"In this last fiscal year, there's been funding available through the state for people to have access to nicotine replacement therapy. So to the nicotine patch, to gum, to lozenges... they can get eight weeks of that absolutely free by going through Quitline," said Preston.

According to the study, in 2012 the national rate for people who smoke daily is 14 percent. Iowa's is just above the national mark at 15 percent.

Preston says there is still work that needs to be done. She says 80 percent of smokers want to quit, but if they try it by themselves it will take them eight times to quit.

"What we can do though it provide the counseling which is a huge support and then the nicotine replacement therapy and then we see those success rates go up to around 25 percent," said Preston.

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