Football coaches urge dads to stop smoking


June is Men’s Health Month and Father’s Day is this weekend. A great gift for your family this Father’s Day is to start

living tobacco free. Smoking is the number one cause of preventable death and costs 11,100 Hoosier lives every

year. Dads who smoke can celebrate Father’s Day by quitting, and family and friends can help support dads who are trying to quit.

There are many reasons why dads may want to quit smoking.

• Men are more likely to be current cigarette smokers than women

• The smoking rate for Hoosier men is 21.9 percent, which is higher than the U.S. adult

men average of 16.7 percent

• Men who smoke increase their risk of dying

• From bronchitis by nearly 10 times

• From emphysema by nearly 10 times

• From lung cancer by more than 22 times

• And from heart disease triples.

The Indiana Tobacco Quitline is a free phone-based counseling service that helps Hoosiers quit all tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco. There is also a web based counseling option ( and supplementary texting service, Text2Quit®. Services are available 24/7 so call 1-800-QuitNow today or visit

Washington County was seventh in the state for tobacco users reached by the Indiana Tobacco Quitline for 2016.

Quitting smoking has numerous benefits, but perhaps the greatest of all is more time with family and loved ones on this Father’s Day weekend.

R.J. Hartsfeld, Salem Head Football Coach

Phillip Bowsman, West Washington Head Football Head Coach

Luke Dean, East Washington Head Football Coach


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