The Great American Smokeout is an annual event sponsored by the American Cancer Society (ACS). People are challenged to stop smoking for at least 24 hours.
What is the Great American Smokeout?
For more than 40 years, the American Cancer Society has hosted the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November. The Great American Smokeout is an opportunity for smokers to commit to healthy, smoke -free lives – not just for a day, but year round. The Great American Smokeout provides an opportunity for individuals, community groups, businesses, health care providers, and others to encourage people to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and initiate a smoking cessation plan on the day of the event. The Great American Smokeout event challenges people to stop smoking and helps people learn about the many tools they can use to help them quit and stay quit.
Why is this event important?
Nearly 38 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and smoking remains the single largest preventable cause of death and illness in the world. Smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths every year, or about 1 in 5 deaths. And more than 16 million Americans live with a smoking-related disease. While the cigarette smoking rate has dropped significantly, from 42% in 1965 to less than 15.5% in 2016, the gains have been inconsistent. Some groups of Americans suffer disproportionately from smoking-related cancer and other diseases, including those who have less education, who live below the poverty level, or who suffer from serious psychological distress, as well as certain racial and ethnic groups, and lesbians, gays and bisexuals.
Quitting smoking improves health immediately and over the long term – at any age. Stopping smoking is hard, but you can increase your chances of success with help. Getting help through counseling, physician supportand medications doubles or even triples your chances of quitting successfully.
Quitting may not be easy, but you can do it and the American Cancer Society can help. The American Cancer Society is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide support, from questions about quitting smoking to looking for national or local resources to help you quit. To find out more, visit cancer.org/smokeout or call 1-800-227-2345.
For free social support on Facebook, please “like” the American Cancer Society’s Quit For Life page.
The Quit For Life program is a phone-based coaching and web-based learning support service to help smokers quit. It’s offered by 25 states and more than 700 employers and health plans throughout the US. Visit quitnow.netto learn more about the Quit For Life program and see if you qualify.
Forproviders and individuals, click on the link formore information and additional resources: https://www.cancer.org/healthy/stay-away-from-tobacco/great-american-smokeout.html
Source: American Cancer Society