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January 13, 2014

Up in smoke

Madison County has one of the highest smoker rates in state and nation


“If it is so bad for you, why are they making it legal to sell pot?” he asked.

Knight-Wilkerson said it is troubling to see some of the changes being made.

“My thoughts on marijuana legalization is that for those states that have legalized it, they are seeing many more incidences of impaired driving and employers are struggling because people are smoking during their time off, but marijuana stays in the blood stream for several days, causing people to ‘be impaired’ at work,” she said.

Looking back to the past 50 years and looking forward, Knight-Wilkerson said it is obvious that times are changing.

“If tobacco was discovered in today’s society, it would have never been legal,” she said.


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Stopping the habit All three hospitals in Madison County offer free smoking cessation services. The following is the contact information for each: Community Hospital - Anderson 298-1660, speak with Michelle Cook St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital - Anderson 649-2511, speak with Michelle Richart St. Vincent Mercy Hospital - Elwood 552-4600, speak with Brenda Carey Other services offered include: The Indiana Tobacco Quitline, a free phone-based counseling service, 1-800-quit-now. The American Cancer Society's Freshstart program, 641-2600 extension 124. SOURCE: Intersect Inc.

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