The Great American Smokeout

   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 Great American Smokeout event challenges people to stop using tobacco and helps people know about the many tools they can use to help them quit and stay quit.

   By quitting – even for one day – smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.

   Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S., yet about 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes – a bit under one in every five adults. As of 2012, there were also 13.4 million cigar smokers in the U.S. and 2.3 million who smoke tobacco in pipes – other dangerous and addictive forms of tobacco.

   It’s hard to quit tobacco. 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

   • Counseling

   • 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 quit smoking works better than         using any one of them alone. For example, some people use a prescription medicine along with nicotine replacement. Other people may use as many as three or four of the methods listed above.

   If you are interested in quitting for good, call1-800-QUIT-NOW for free coaching, free gum, lozenges or patches and a free quit plan.