- Mall aboard: Future requires evolution at West Park Mall (3/24/17)16
- Legal discrimination complaint, ethics complaint filed in Scott City government (3/22/17)13
- Business notebook: Cape native goes from farm to mobile-food operation (3/20/17)1
- Former Scott City administrator: 'I was forced to resign' (3/21/17)6
- Former Southeast softball coach sues Board of Regents; seeks damages and her job back (3/23/17)14
- Triplett manslaughter case set for July 2018 (3/21/17)2
- Two people found dead in Advance house fire (3/21/17)
- Two local lawmakers back charter school bill; Perryville lawmaker objects to measure (3/19/17)24
- Two Cape men charged with second-degree murder of Grandi (3/21/17)2
- Lawmakers put prevailing wage in crosshairs; laborers object (2/12/17)10
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.