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Today is the Great American Smokeout. Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society event.

Folks are asked to encourage someone you know to use the day to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking today.

By quitting – even for 1 day – smokers will be taking an important step toward 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.
Smoking kills people – there’s 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.

For individuals looking to stop smoking, support and information for quitting smoking is available at 1-800-QUIT-NOW and through the Center for Disease Control’s Tips From Former Smokers campaign, at www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/.

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