A different kind of smoke break

If your friends or co-workers are a bit testy today, give them a break: They might be participating in the Great American Smokeout.

Today is the 37th annual Smokeout, a day organized by the American Cancer Society to encourage smokers nationwide to quit smoking.

In a news release, the American Lung Association in Minnesota noted that more than 5,000 Minnesotans die each year from tobacco-related illnesses, such as cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes. The cost to smoking-related health problems is placed at $2.87 billion each year in Minnesota.

Tips and resources for quitting are at quitplan.com.