The 37th annual Great American Smokeout is November 15, and we are challenging smokers, and other tobacco users, to give it up for one day, and hopefully forever. Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability and death in the United States, according the the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. More than 45 million people smoke cigarettes, 13.2 million use cigars and 2.2 million smoke tobacco in pipes in the United States. It is estimated that more than 2.5 million Floridians still smoke and over 28,000 lose their lives each year to cigarette use alone.
The Great American Smokeout is sponsored by the American Cancer Society and is held on the third Thursday of November. The day is used to raise awareness of the dangers of smoking and to let people know there are resources for those who want to quit. Below are links to quitting resources to get you started. You don’t have to be a smoker to want to quit tobacco.
Quitting is quitting no matter what type of tobacco you use. It’s all good.