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Thursday is the Great American Smokeout Day

Nov 13, 2012

The American Cancer Society will mark the 37th Great American Smokeout on Nov. 15 by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. An estimated one billion people worldwide will die during the 21st century because of tobacco use, according to The Tobacco Atlas, published by the American Cancer Society and World Lung Foundation. The Society provides tips and tools online to help smokers quit tobacco for good.

“Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States,” said Kierstan Peck, American Cancer Society. “Quitting smoking is the most important thing you can do for your health and the Great American Smokeout is a great way to start.”

Tobacco use accounts for at least 30 percent of all cancer deaths and 80 percent of lung cancer deaths. In the U.S., tobacco use is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 deaths, or about 443,000 premature deaths each year. Smokers who quit, regardless of age, live longer than people who continue to smoke. In just 20 minutes after quitting smoking, heart rate and blood pressure drop, and in about one to nine months after quitting, coughing and shortness of breath decrease.

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