Join the Great American Smokeout this November 17. Every year, on the third Thursday of November, the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout event encourages smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or better yet, plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. By quitting – even for 1 day – smokers take an important step toward living a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk.
About 40 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world. While cigarette smoking rates have dropped (from 42% in 1965 to 17% in 2014), cigar, pipe, and hookah – other dangerous and addictive ways to smoke tobacco – are very much on the rise. And, there is no “safe” way to smoke tobacco.
Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits at any age. Quitting is hard, but you can increase your chances of success with help. Getting help through counseling or medications can double or triple the chances of quitting successfully.
Need help to quit, call the Mississippi TobaccoQUITLINE, 1-800-QUITNOW or visit www.quitlinems.com.