Great American Smokeout Thursday, November 15, 2012
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, causing more than 440,000 deaths every year. Tobacco use is linked to the development of 18 different types of cancer and accounts for at least 30 percent of all cancer deaths. Despite the widespread agreement on the dangers of tobacco use and considerable success in reducing the smoking rate by half since the first U.S. Surgeon General's report on smoking in 1964, progress in reducing tobacco use has slowed in recent years and 45 million Americans still smoke cigarettes.
The American Cancer Society is marking the 37th annual Great American Smokeout on November 15th by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By doing so, smokers will take an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.
Quitting is hard, but you can increase your chances of success with help. The American Cancer Society can give you tips on the steps you can take to quit smoking and provide resources to you, which may increase your success.
You can also contact Nancy Laite at your local Healthy Maine Partnership to help you reach your smoking cessation goals: Knox County Community Health Coalition, firstname.lastname@example.org or 236-6313 ext. 2.
To learn about the tools from the American Cancer Society, you can call them at 800-227-2345 or go on-line to www.cancer.org .