Health & Environment

Nation Observes Great American Smokeout on November 16

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.

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