Plan Ahead for the Great American Smokeout

Planning is the key to success.  So with that in mind, it is time to plan ahead and mark your calendars for November 17 for the 36th Great American Smokeout.  The Smokeout is held on the third Thursday of November in the United States.  The first national event was held in 1977 by the American Cancer Society, but the idea began in 1971 in Massachusetts when Arthur Mullaney suggested people give up cigarettes and donate the money they would have spent to a local high school.  The idea behind the day is to encourage smokers to quit tobacco for 24 hours.

In the past, as many as one-third of the nation’s 46 million smokers quit smoking for a day.  Research shows that you are twice as likely to succeed in quitting tobacco if you participate in a program that offers support.  Planning ahead can not only help you quit for that day, but continue a new, tobacco-free life.  The internet is a great way to learn about what resources are available in your state.  Quitting tobacco of any kind is a great way to start a new, healthy you.

These are just a few of the sites that offer helpful quit suggestions to get you started:
Quit Tobacco
Kill The Can
American Lung Association – Getting Help to Quit Smoking
Tobacco Free Florida
Florida Quit for Life Line, Florida Dept of Health

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