By Lauren Robb
Tomorrow (November 15), marks the American Cancer Society’s 37th annual Great American Smokeout. This nationwide event occurs every year on the third Thursday of November. It challenges people to stop smoking by providing tools, education and support for smokers to help them quit.
On the day of the Great American Smokeout, local volunteers throughout the country join together to support quitters, publicize this event, and push for laws that control tobacco use and discourage teenagers from smoking. There are rallies, parades, stunts, and even “cold turkey” menu items in schools, workplaces and legislative halls across the United States.
Smokers throughout America often use the date of the Great American Smokeout as a firm deadline to quit smoking. For some people, having a set date in mind can keep them accountable, which can make all the difference.
Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in America. With events like the Great American Smokeout, smokers can begin to take steps toward a healthier life.
Visit the American Cancer Society’s website to learn more about quitting smoking, improving your health or getting involved with a Great American Smokeout event in your community. Telephone stop-smoking hotlines are also an excellent resource for people considering quitting. Call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 to find telephone counseling or other support in your area.[email_link]