- Cape businessman known for starting NARS dies at 49 (2/23/17)9
- Apparent punch at girls basketball game propels lawmaker into action (2/21/17)4
- Business notebook: Owners ready to roll out the Barrel 131 (2/20/17)7
- Japanese restaurant up and running; owner surprised by fondness of sushi here (2/24/17)
- SoutheastHEALTH, Washington University School of Medicine announce collaboration (2/24/17)18
- Missouri bill would limit transgender school bathroom access (2/22/17)48
- MSHP: McLendon shot in side; autopsy refutes witness account (2/19/17)23
- Annual father-daughter dance provides some fun bonding time (2/19/17)1
- City issues precautionary boil order near Arena Park (2/23/17)
- $22M bond issue would alter Jackson schools (2/22/17)13
Statistics for Southeast Missouri show this area of the state has the heaviest use of tobacco, more than any other part of Missouri. A 2007 survey, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Health and the Missouri Foundation for Health, shows counties in Southeast Missouri had 30 percent to 40 percent more smokers than other areas of the state.
A key finding of the survey: 73 percent of the smokers in Cape Girardeau County would like to quit.
The MFH, a not-for-profit entity funded by the sale several years ago of assets of Blue Cross when the not-for-profit insurer became a for-profit company, is underwriting stop-smoking programs aimed at Southeast Missouri tobacco users.
Among the tools the MFH hopes will help smokers quit are a toll-free quit line (1-800-784-8669) and a website (becomeanex.org). Both of these resources provide information about quit-smoking resources that are available, included one-on-one private counseling. The website also offers social networking for those who are giving up cigarettes.
Anyone who wants to stop smoking has good resources just a phone call or a click of the mouse away.