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Smoking Bans Help ND Smokers Quit This New Year

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New year's is a time to start over, maybe make amends with someone, or quit a bad habit. For two West Fargo women, it's about making each other's lives better.

They do everything together.

Heather Buckhosue of West Fargo says, "She's my best friend!"

Including their bad habits.

Lacey Soland of West Fargo says, "We kind of basically started smoking together."

Heather says, "What can I do on my 18th birthday. The first thing, I can buy cigarettes!"

"It was pack after pack," says Lacey.

They've been smoking since their teens, and Lacey's 4 month old daughter, Brooklyn, is a big reason behind their New Year's resolution.

Lacey says, "She's the light of my life, she's everything."

"We want to set an example because we both had parents who smoked," says Heather.

They want to make each other's and Brooklyn's life better, but it won't be easy.

Larry Anenson with Fargo Cass Public Health says, "It takes the average person 6,7,8 quit attempts for people to quit for good."

Since more of these signs have been popping up. Public Health says more people have been trying to quit the habit.

Heather says, "It's like, do you want a $50 fine or a cigarette?"

Anenson says, "They're glad that there are more bans and restrictions because it's one more reason for some to quit." He adds the best advice he gives to smokers is to have a game plan, find their triggers, have plenty of gum and water around and find an appropriate quit date. And above all, find support! All things Heather and Lacey have done.

Lacey says, "We can do it!"

"She can be like, I really want a cigarette. I can be like "no!", says Heather.

Lacey says, "Basically my goal is to live a long life for my daughter."

Smoking has gone down over the past decade. In Minnesota, cigarette use dropped almost 5% among adults in the past ten years. And in North Dakota, it's gone down about 3 and a half percent. So programs that are pushing to put an end to smoking are slowly working.

And there are many programs that can help. There is ND Quits in North Dakota and Quitplan in Minnesota.


One cool new feature with the Minnesota program is texting. The program sends encouraging messages along with advice and tips. Early evidence is showing that those texts actually double your chances of quitting.

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