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Celebrate the Great American Smokeout!

Today, join others around the nation who are participating in the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout!  Annually, on the third day of November, smokers are encouraged to remain smoke-free for 24 hours or choose this day to quit smoking altogether.

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Nearly 1 in 5 Americans smoke, making tobacco use in the United States the leading preventable cause of disease and premature death.  Additionally, smoking is responsible for 1 in 5 deaths and 1 in 3 cancer related deaths.  Given these statistics, chances are you or someone you know is affected by smoking.

How to take part in the Great American Smokeout and support a smoke-free lifestyle:

  • Do not smoke, not even a puff!
  • Exercise.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Spend time outdoors.
  • Use nicotine replacements.
  • Go out for dinner or a movie.
  • Chew gum or suck on candy.
  • Avoid people who are smoking.
  • Prepare and eat a “cold turkey” meal.
  • Attend a smoking cessation class or follow a self-help plan.
  • Alter your regular routine to avoid situations where the urge to smoke is strong.
  • Spread the word and support family, friends and coworkers in the effort to quit smoking.

And at the end of the day, breathe deeply and congratulate yourself or someone you know for remaining smoke-free.  That is an amazing accomplishment and a great step towards a smoke-free lifestyle!

For more information on the Great American Smokeout and quitting smoking please visit www.cancer.org.

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