Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S., yet about 40 million Americans still smoke cigarettes —that’s about 1 in every 5 adults.
The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting — even for one day —smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life –one that can help lead to reducing cancer risk.
It’s not easy, but quitting smoking delivers immediate health benefits. The American Cancer Society lists a number of benefits of quitting over time:
The Great American Smokeout is a great day to quit; but really, any day is a great day to quit smoking. Once you have made the decision to quit, ask your friends and family for support. And steer clear of temptation with these tips:
The urge to smoke will come and go. Try to wait it out. Consider starting some new habits to help control your urges.
Remember the rewards, but don’t be discouraged if you slip up. One cigarette is better than an entire pack. But that doesn't mean you can safely smoke every now and then. Here are some tips for dealing with a slip-up:
For more resources to help you quit, visit www.cancer.org/smokeout or call 1-800-227-2345.