Join the 34th
Great American Smokeout
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Every November for the past 33 years, smokers have quit smoking by joining the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout. It's never too late to quit!
In addition to inspiring people to take charge of their health, the Smokeout has raised public awareness of the dangers of smoking and the sly tactics of the tobacco companies to get youngsters addicted early.
There is good news to report: All six New England states have passed smoke-free laws, and the number of adult cigarette smokers in the U.S. has declined for the first time in 4 years, according to a report released on Nov. 13, 2008, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There were 43.4 million current smokers in the U.S. (19.8%) in 2007 -- a one percent decline from the 20.8% in 2006.
The number of former smokers in this country is even greater -- 46 million.
Cigarette smoking continues to accountsfor at least 30% of all cancer deaths, and it's a major cause of heart disease, emphysema, and stroke. If you're one of the 43.4 million Americans who still smoke, November is the perfect time to quit.
Looking for help quitting right now? Contact the American Cancer Society (1-800-ACS-2345) for support - 24/7. Or sign up to have someone from the Quitline contact you at a time that's convenient.
Lung cancer remains the No. 1 cancer killer among men and women -- but we can change that with your help! Adopt a smoker you know and help them get the help they need. We have the tools to help.
Want to increase your chances of quitting for good?
Call the American Cancer Society's Quitline®, a clinically proven, free telephone-based counseling program,
Also, visit www.cancer.org/smokeout.