November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and Evanston residents can get free nicotine patches under a program being promoted by the city’s health department.

The program, funded by the state Department of Public Health, offers information on how to quit effectively and the free nicotine patches to residents 18 years of age and older who call the Illinois Tobacco Quitline, set a quit date and participate in a weekly counseling session over the phone with a Quitline counselor.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports tobacco causes more than 5 million deaths per year worldwide.

To enroll in the “Break the Habit” program, call the Illinois Tobacco Quitline at 1-866-QUIT-YES. The line is staffed Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information on Evanston’s “Break the Habit” program or for information about equipment pick-up sites, please call the Evanston Health Department at 847-866-2920.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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