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November 19, 2009

Great American Smoke Out!

Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout® by smoking less or quitting for the day. The event challenges people to stop using tobacco and helps make people aware of the many tools they can use to quit for good.

If you're thinking of quitting today, check out some tips from the ACS website:


Research shows that smokers are most successful in kicking the habit when they have some means of support, such as:

  • nicotine replacement products
  • counseling
  • stop-smoking groups
  • telephone smoking cessation hotlines
  • prescription medicine to lessen cravings
  • guide books
  • encouragement and support from friends and family members
Using 2 or more of these measures to help you quit works better than using any one of them alone. For example, some people use a prescription medicine along with nicotine replacement. Other people may use as many as 3 or 4 of the other measures listed above.

Telephone stop smoking hotlines are an easy-to-use resource. And as of 2008, they are available in all 50 states. Call 1-800-ACS-2345 (1-800-227-2345) to find telephone counseling or other support in your area.

Support is out there, but the most recent information suggests that fewer than 1 in 4 smokers reports having tried any of the recommended therapies during his or her last quit attempt.

November is also Lung Cancer Awareness Month (as if you needed another reminder why you should quit smoking). If you don't think you're up for it today - don't worry about it! Today is a symbolic day, but you can quit any day. You just need to make the commitment to do so. Take the Great American Health Challenge and plan your "quit day"... Improve your health and increase your life span... and those of the people around you.

Good luck!

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