The American Cancer Society is marking the 37th Great American Smokeout on November 15 by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.
Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet more than 45 million Americans still smoke cigarettes. However, more than half of these smokers have attempted to quit for at least one day in the past year. As of 2010, there were also 13.2 million cigar smokers in the US, and 2.2 million who smoke tobacco in pipes.
Quitting is hard, but chances of success increase with help. The American Cancer Society offers steps to smoking cessation and provides the resources and support that can increase a person’s probability successfully. To learn about the available tools, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.