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American Lung Association says some states are falling short

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) "Well we have found that nicotine is one of the most deadly drugs in our society.   It's also one of the most addictive," said Crowley's Ridge Development Council Prevention Coordinator, Dorothy Newsom.

According to findings by the American Lung Association, not enough states are doing enough to get people to stop smoking or help them kick the habit.  That's where Dorothy Newsom hopes to help.

"What I do is offer workshops for school staff, for church leaders, for parents, for anyone who is willing to take that information and use it in their own communities," said Newsom.

It's information to help prevent the use of drugs, including nicotine, by young people.  

"It doesn't make sense to keep treating people and not doing something to stop that about what's causing it," said Newsom.

Newsom says prevention is key when it comes to fighting drugs like nicotine--making children understand early on the dangers.

"The best ways to do that is by creating drug free norms. Having older teens and college young adults saying the cool thing to do is not to smoke and not to drink," said Newsom.

Newsom believes Arkansas is ahead of many states when it comes to prevention---things like increasing the tax on nicotine, and strongly enforcing laws preventing the sale of tobacco to minors.

"There's a lot of ways to do prevention.   Whether it's education classes, whether it's calling a 1-800 hotline number, it's making sure your  stores don't sell tobacco products to minors," said Newsom.

Newsom says 1-800-quit now, or 1-800-784-8669 is a hotline she recommends to people trying to quit smoking.  She says it offers an individualized plan on how to quit and you get a coach to help you along the way.  She says you can remain anonymous and says it's one of the best resources they have.               

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