November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. The City of Evanston’s Health Department, along with the American Cancer Society, is offering a program through the Illinois Tobacco Quitline entitled “Break the Habit” for all Evanston residents, age 18 and older, who have a desire to stop using tobacco products.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tobacco causes more than five million deaths per year worldwide, and it is estimated it will cause more than eight million deaths annually by 2030. The Evanston Health Department wants to help residents decrease this statistic.

This program is made possible by funds from the Illinois Department of Public Health. Residents enrolled in the program will receive eight weeks of free nicotine patches and information on how to quit effectively. To receive these nicotine patches, a resident has to call the Illinois Tobacco Quitline, set a quit date and participate in a weekly counseling session over the phone with a Quitline counselor.

Anyone wishing to enroll in the “Break the Habit” program should call the Illinois Tobacco Quitline at 1-866-QUIT-YES. The Quitline is staffed 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday.

More information on Evanston’s “Break the Habit” program and information about equipment pick-up sites is available from the Evanston Health Department at 311.