Unbelievably, there are still people who smoke. Here is good news for you smokers.
Today is the Great American Smokeout!
It’s your chance to quit- if you want to.
The American Cancer Society is providing free resources to help smokers quit.
The Great American Smokeout was inaugurated in 1976 to inspire and encourage smokers to quit for one day. Now, 44.2 percent of the 45.3 million Americans who smoke have attempted to quit for at least one day in the past year, and the Great American Smokeout remains a great opportunity to encourage people to commit to making a long-term plan to quit for good.
By calling the American Cancer Society Quitline® at 1-800-227-2345, people who plan to quit will be able to speak with a trained counselor and receive free, confidential counseling.
NEED HELP QUITTING?
Studies have found that Quitline can more than double a person’s chances of successfully quitting tobacco. Callers to Quitline can be connected with smoking cessation resources in their communities, social support groups, Internet resources, and medication assistance referrals. Since its inception in 2000, Quitline has provided counseling support to more than 380,000 smokers.
The American Cancer Society offers other free resources – through Quitline and at www.cancer.org/GreatAmericans – that can increase a smoker’s chances of quitting successfully, including tips and tools for friends, family, and coworkers of potential quitters to help them be aware and supportive of the struggle to quit smoking.
Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. Each year, smoking accounts for an estimated 438,000 premature deaths, including 38,000 deaths among nonsmokers as a result of secondhand smoke. Half of all Americans who continue to smoke will die from smoking-related diseases.
For more information anytime, call toll free 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.
Smokefree.gov outlines why quitting smoking is so difficult and offers tips to help smokers develop strategies to quit smoking and stay quit for life. In addition, Smokefree.gov offers a tool called LiveHelp which offers smokers the opportunity to “chat” with National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) smoking cessation experts.
You may also contact Smokefree.gov by phone at 1-800-QUITNOW (1-800-784-8669) or by TTY at 1-800-332-8615.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) also offers a smoking quitline where smoking cessation counselors are available to answer smoking-related questions in English or Spanish, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. local time. Call 1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848).
Whether you smoke or not is your choice.
Personally, I choose to spend my $5/day on other stuff like chocolate 🙂 .