2010-11-13 / News

Great American Smokeout is Nov. 18

NEWARK – Challenge yourself and jumpstart a healthier life by taking part in the Great American Smokeout on Thursday, Nov. 18. Quit smoking for 24 hours and it could be the first day of a healthier, tobacco free life.

Nearly three out of four smokers say they want to quit. If you are one of the millions who want to quit, join the Great American Smokeout. Do the most important thing you can for your health or for someone you love. Quit for one day. Just one day can turn into a lifetime, because the ultimate goal is to stop using tobacco permanently and lead a healthier life.

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Every year, more than 440,000 Americans die prematurely due to smoking and 38,000 non-smokers in the U.S. die from inhaling cigarette smoke. Yet, there are still 46 million (20.6%) adults in the United States who are current smokers and another 125 million children and adults who are exposed to secondhand smoke.

Although it can be tough, you can quit. Smokers who use proven interventions, such as assistance from a healthcare provider, FDA-approved medications, and behavioral counseling, greatly increase their likelihood of quitting for good.

Join others in the Great American Smokeout on Nov. 18, by visiting http://ohio.quitlogix.org or calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669).

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