The Great American Smoke Out: How to Participate

The Great American Smoke Out: How to Participate

It’s not a barbecue, but one day that can vastly improve your life.

Quitting smoking is a challenge, and it isn’t easy. If giving up cigarettes forever sound too daunting, how about trying to go smoke-free for just one day?

The Great American Smoke Out takes place this year on November 15th. It’s a chance to try quitting at least for 24 hours. You can join thousands of Americans who are doing the same thing.

If you can’t make it happen on the 15th, why not choose your own smoke-free day, when it works for you?

Many people are quitting smoking permanently each day.

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That being said, smoking remains the single largest preventable cause of death and illness around the world. Almost 38 million Americans smoke cigarettes. The daily habit causes 480,000 deaths every year, or about 1 in 5 deaths.

The good news is that when you quit smoking, you improve your health immediately. Over the long term, you improve your odds against cancer and other diseases connected with smoking.

The American Cancer Society has tips for individuals who want to quit. It also has information on how to help someone you love quit, with general hints, dos and don’ts.

To learn more about the tools available to you to help you quit, call the society at 1-800-227-2345 or go online.

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