Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout. They may use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. The event challenges people to stop using tobacco and helps people know about the many tools they can use to quit and stay tobacco-free. This year the Great American Smokeout will be observed on November 21.
Research shows that smokers are most successful in kicking the habit when they have support, such as:
• Telephone smoking-cessation hotlines
• Stop-smoking groups
• Online quit groups
• Nicotine replacement products
• Prescription medicine to lessen cravings
• Guide books
• Encouragement and support from friends and family members
Using two or more of these measures to help you quit smoking works better than using any one of them alone.
Telephone stop-smoking hotlines are an easy-to-use resource, and they are available in all 50 states. Call 1-800-227-2345 to find telephone counseling or other support in your area.