The Great American Smoke Out is this Thursday, November 21.
What is the Great American Smokeout? For more than 40 years, the American Cancer Society has hosted the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November. The Great American Smokeout is an opportunity for people who smoke to commit to healthy, smoke -free lives – not just for a day, but year round. The Great American Smokeout provides an opportunity for individuals, community groups, businesses, health care providers, and others to encourage people to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and initiate a smoking cessation plan on the day of the event. The Great American Smokeout event challenges people to stop smoking and helps people learn about the many tools they can use to help them quit and stay quit.
Why Is This Event Important? More than 34 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and smoking remains the single largest preventable cause of death and illness in the world.
Smoking causes an estimated 480,000 deaths every year, or about 1 in 5 deaths. And more than 16 million Americans live with a smoking-related disease. While the cigarette smoking rate has dropped significantly, from 42% in 1965 to 14% in 2017, the gains have been inconsistent. Some groups of Americans suffer disproportionately from smoking-related cancer and other diseases, including those who have less education, who live below the poverty level, or who suffer from serious psychological distress, as well as certain racial and ethnic groups, and lesbians, gays and bisexuals.
Here’s the Ask:
- Share information on social media.
- Share that the NJ Quitline is a free telephone-counseling service for smokers who are ready to stop: NJ Quitline 1-866-657-8677, that would be most helpful.
Quitting smoking is hard so let’s support those we care about to help them stop. It can’t be done in a day. But we can start with Day One.