Are you ready to kick the habit, and become victorious over tobacco? Thursday, November 19, is the 2015 Great American Smokeout. Every November, the American Cancer Society sets aside the third Thursday to encourage smokers to go the distance and to finally give up tobacco.
About 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. As of 2013, there were also 12.4 million cigar smokers in the US, and over 2.3 million who smoke tobacco in pipes. Like all tobacco products, they are addictive and health-threatening.
By quitting, even for one day, you will be taking an important step toward a longer, healthier life. The race for your health starts today, and today is the day that quitters win.
Quitting is hard, but you can increase your chances of success by calling Quitline Iowa at 1-800- QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669). Quitline has counselors available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, who can give you the tools you need to triumph over tobacco addiction.
The American Cancer Society can also tell you about steps you can take to quit smoking, and provide resources and support to increase your chances of quitting successfully. To learn more, call them at 1-800-227-2345, or find them on the web at www.cancer.org.