The Great American Smokeout event challenges people to quit on that day, or use the day to make a plan to quit.
Did you know?
- Approximately 40 million American adults still smoke, and that Life expectancy for long-term smokers is approximately 14 years shorter than for nonsmokers.
- Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the country..
Luckily, your lung health—and your overall health—improves soon after you quit. You will start breathing better and coughing less.
One of the most important actions anyone who smokes can take to improve their health is to quit smoking, regardless of their age or how long they have been smoking. There are proven treatments to help you quit:
- Whether you want to make your quitting journey at your own pace or with a group ,a counselor can help you make a plan to quit smoking and give you tips and support to increase your chance of success. Counseling is available in person, over the phone, or online—and texting-based support programs or smartphone apps can give extra encouragement.
- Seven FDA-approved medications are proven to help people quit smoking. These include pills, patches, gums, and lozenges; some are prescribed by your doctor, and others you can get over the counter at a pharmacy.
If you smoke, and are thinking about quitting, make this year’s Great American Smokeout the day you commit to a smoke free future.
Quitting smoking isn’t easy.
It takes time. And a plan. You don’t have to stop smoking in one day. Start with day one.
Let the Great American Smokeout event on the third Thursday in November be your day to start your journey toward a smoke-free life.
You’ll be joining thousands of people who smoke across the country in taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing your cancer risk.
Plus, the American Cancer Society can help you access the resources and support you need to quit.
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