Today is the Great American Smokeout; The Great American Smokeout happens every year on the third Thursday of November.  The first Smokeout was in California in 1976. It became a national event, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, in 1977. Since its inception, the event has helped to change laws related to smoking.

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The Great American Smokeout challenges smokers to stop using tobacco for one day. Quitting for just one day is an important step to living a healthier life. It also calls attention to the deaths and chronic illnesses that are caused by smoking.

Some facts about smoking:

  • 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.
  • A pack of  cigarettes costs between $10 and $15.

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