For the past forty years, the American Cancer Society has hosted the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November. The annual event 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.
It’s not too late to quit using tobacco. There are many health benefits of quitting nicotine. In fact, the sooner you quit smoking, the more you can reduce your chances of getting cancer and other diseases.
Here are a few key reasons to quit from the 2020 U.S. Surgeon General’s Report:
Quitting tobacco is beneficial at any age.
Quitting tobacco improves health status and enhances the quality of life.
Quitting tobacco reduces the risk of premature death and can add as much as a decade to life expectancy.
To learn more visit the American Cancer Society at cancer.org.