Today is the Great American Smokeout

by: cancercompass

Have you been trying to quit? Do you know someone who should? Well, today is the day! Thursday, November 18, 2010, has been declared the 35th Great American Smokeout by the American Cancer Society.

Using the tagline "Help create a world with less cancer and more birthdays", the American Cancer Society is urging people to make their plan today to quit, or even quit smoking today. They acknowledge that quitting is not easy, but with help and support it can be done and lead to a healthier lifestyle. Tips for quitting, health information, a cigarette cost calculator and other tools and resources are available on their website.

According to Bloomberg Businessweek, since the first Great American Smokeout was held, there have been dramatic changes in attitudes about smoking and a large decrease in smoking rates. The article reports that, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 1978 and 2009, the percentage of adults who smoke in the United States fell from 34 percent to 21 percent. However, much can still be done, as 46.6 million U.S. adults still smoke, 40 percent of nonsmokers are exposed to secondhand smoke, and smoking and secondhand smoke causes 443,000 deaths each year.

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