Health & Environment

Great American Smokeout Encourages Smokers to Quit for One Day

The Great American Smoke Out is held every year on the third Thursday of November.  This year it is on November 17, 2016. The first Smoke Out was in California in 1976. It became a national event, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, in 1977. The Great American Smoke Out has helped to change laws related to smoking.

The Great American Smoke Out challenges smokers to stop using
tobacco for one day. It also calls attention to the deaths and chronic illnesses that are caused by smoking.

Some facts about smoking:smokeout

  • 1 in 5 Americans smoke. That’s more than 43 million people.
  • Smoking kills more Americans than alcohol, car accidents, HIV, guns and illegal drugs combined.
  • Smoking causes many kinds of cancers including lung, larynx, and mouth.
  • Smoking causes COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
  • Smoking causes high blood pressure. It increases the risk of stroke and heart disease.

For more information on how to quit contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345