The American Cancer Society is marking the 37th Great American Smokeout on November 15, 2012 by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting — even for one day — smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.
Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet more than 45 million Americans still smoke cigarettes. However, more than half of these smokers have attempted to quit for at least one day in the past year. As of 2010, there were also 13.2 million cigar smokers in the US, and 2.2 million who smoke tobacco in pipes.
If you want to quit smoking or know someone who does, Nov. 15th is as good a day as any to start a new, tobacco-free, life. For more information, contact the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association or your health care provider. By asking someone not to smoke for one day, the hope is that they will see they can quit and build on it day by day.
The Nebraska Tobacco Quitline can help you quit tobacco for good.
The toll-free Quitline, 1-800-784-8669 (1-800-QUIT-NOW), gives Nebraska residents 24/7, FREE access to counseling and support services.
Calls are answered by trained cessation counselors who give you a choice of services, including: telephone counseling; self-help materials; referrals to community programs; or a combination of these. All information you provide to the Quitline is confidential.
Only you can choose to quit tobacco. But once you’ve made the decision, the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline can help you be successful.