Health & Environment

Thursday is the Great American Smokeout

Thursday, November 21,  is the Great American Smoke Out. It’s the day that the American Cancer Society challenges smokers to quit smoking for 1 day. It also provides an opportunity to educate people about the tools that are available to help them quit and stay quit.

Here are some facts from the American Cancer Society:

  • “Smoking is responsible for nearly 1 in 3 cancer deaths and 1 in 5 deaths from all causes.
  • Another 8.5 million people live with serious illness caused by smoking.”
  • “The 1st Great American Smoke Out was in Randolph, Ma in 1970.”

If you want more information, the American Cancer Society has a great web site.

Also, Mary Wright, RN, health educator at North End Waterfront Health, is available for help with quitting. You can reach her at 617-643-8064.