A Great Day to be a Quitter! The Great American Smokeout is Thursday, Nov. 21

A Great Day to be a Quitter! The Great American Smokeout is Thursday, Nov. 21

On November 18, 1976, the California Division of the American Cancer Society got nearly 1 million people to put out their cigarettes, put down their lighters and quit smoking for the day.

That day was deemed the first Great American Smokeout. The event rapidly caught fire nationwide, changed the way Americans viewed tobacco and quickly spread until it became recognized as a day when people across the nation banded together with one resolution in mind, to stop smoking for one, full day.

Now in its 37th year, the American Cancer Society is once again challenging Americans to give up smoking for one day on Thursday, November 21.

Participating in the event has even been known to change people’s lives.

Amy Scalia shared how it did just that for her father on her blog, Chic this Week. “The Smokeout was truly life-changing for him because the experience not only helped him quit smoking that weekend, but gave him the information, willpower and tools he needed to remain a non-smoker for the rest of his life. He hasn’t picked up a cigarette since the Smokeout.”

Now it’s your turn to take part or help someone you care about to find the willpower to take the challenge and be a part of this year’s Great American Smokeout.

Helpful Smoking Statistics

According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 5 American adults smoke cigarettes, a habit that is correlated to the development of deadly cancers in men and women.

According to the American Cancer Society, cigarette smoking is leading cause of cancers of the pancreas, cervix, ovary, colon, kidney and stomach, and leukemia.

The Great American Smokeout via Mercy JetsGet Ready to Quit!

This month, join the American Cancer Society as it celebrates the 38th Annual Great American Smokeout and take the challenge to stop smoking or help someone close to you to stop smoking for the day.

Studies have shown that those who quit smoking are most successful in kicking the habit when they have support and encouragement from friends and family. You can help someone quit tobacco!

“The Great American Smokeout is an opportunity to remind people that there are resources available to help them quit and to support them in their efforts to quit,” stated Lauren Kross, Sault Tribe Community Health Educator, in an article in Soo Evening News.

“Quitting tobacco use is the best thing you can do for your health and the health of your family and loved ones,” she said. “Within minutes to hours after quitting blood pressure, heart rate, and carbon monoxide levels decrease, and the long term benefits continue over time including improved lung function and decreased risk of cancer and heart disease. Quitting smoking also eliminates secondhand smoke, protecting family members from the health harms of these toxins.”

People across the nation are quitting smoking for one day during the Great American Smokeout, Thursday, Nov. 21

People across the nation are quitting smoking for one day during the Great American Smokeout, Thursday, Nov. 21

Get Support!

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Utilizing multiple methods of quitting is more effective than using just one. According to Quit Tobacco, Nicotine cravings can be triggered by normal everyday routine and may last from 3-5 minutes. Finding distractions, changing routines, and tapping into support systems when craving are strong will help make efforts to quit smoking successful.

Take One Day at a Time

The Great American Smokeout symbolizes the impact one simple action, such as giving up tobacco for a day, can have. The ripple effect from just one day of cessation has created big change across the nation, as it has created big change in individual lives.

Take the first step in participating in this year’s Great American Smokeout; call the smoking cessation hotline today for more information and support at 1-800-227-2345.

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    Jolene

    • Thank you, Jolene!

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