Quit now, with help

Today is the perfect time to quit smoking, a Minnesota nonprofit says.
It’s the 38th annual Great American Smokeout, a news release from QuitPlan Services says, with its hopes set on the nearly 16 percent of Minnesotans who still smoke.

The agency promises that a smoker who quits will experience an improved sense of taste and smell within 48 hours and that a pack-a-day smoker will save more than $2,700 in the first year. That smoker’s life expectancy also will have increased by 56 days.

It offers help in developing a plan to quit at quitplan.com or (888) 354-7526.

QuitPlan Services is operated by the nonprofit Clearway Minnesota, funded by money awarded from tobacco companies in the settlement of a 1998 lawsuit filed by the state of Minnesota and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.