Take Part in the Great American Smokeout this Thursday, Nov. 17th
- on November 14, 2011
The American Cancer Society marks the 36th Great American Smokeout on November 17th by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit. According to an American Cancer Society report , smokers who quit can expect to live up to ten years longer than those who continue to smoke. Quitting is hard, but smokers can increase their chances of success with help.
The American Cancer Society has many tools and tips to help smokers beat the urge to smoke when the cravings hit at www.cancer.org/Smokeout, such as a crave button and a quit clock to help smokers plan towards kicking the habit for good. The Society will also host a live smoking cessation chat with Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, MD, MACP, on the Society’s Facebook page on November 17th, from 1 to 2 p.m. CT. Dr. Len will share tips and tools to help people quit smoking for good.
Assistance for tobacco users who are ready to quit is also available through the free Kansas Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) or online at www.QuitNow.net/Kansas.
Research shows that much of the risk of premature death from smoking could be prevented by quitting. Smokers who quit, regardless of age, live longer than people who continue to smoke. Smokers who quit reduce their risk of lung cancer – ten years after quitting, the lung cancer death rate is about half that of a continuing smoker’s. Quitting also lowers the risk for other major diseases including heart disease and stroke.
“Quitting smoking is an important step toward reducing your cancer risk and celebrating more birthdays,” said Jennifer Taylor, Society health initiatives community manager. “The Great American Smokeout provides great tips and tools to help you beat the urge to smoke. There has never been a better time to quit, and we can help!”
According to Thomas J. Glynn, PhD, director of cancer science and trends for the American Cancer Society, “Most smokers make three to five serious quit attempts before they are finally successfully. Deciding to quit smoking seems easy, but actually doing it is where the real challenge begins. That’s why the Great American Smokeout can be so helpful – it gets smokers on the road to being smoke-free.”
Important facts about tobacco use: • Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US. • Each year in the US, smoking results in an estimated 443,000 premature deaths, of which about 49,400 are in nonsmokers as a result of exposure to secondhand smoke. • In the US, tobacco use is responsible for nearly one in five deaths. • Nearly 47 million Americans still smoke. • Smoking accounts for $193 billion in health care expenditures and productivity losses in the US. • Tobacco use increases the risk of cancers of the lung, mouth, nasal cavities, larynx, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, colorectum, liver, pancreas, kidney, bladder, uterine cervix, ovary and myeloid leukemia. • Tobacco use accounts for at least 30% of all cancer deaths and 87% of lung cancer deaths.
For more information about cancer any time day or night, call 800-ACS-2345 or go to www.cancer.org.