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Annual event encourages tobacco users to stop for a day

Annual event encourages tobacco users to stop for a day”

Every year on the third Thursday of November, many Georgians join tobacco users across the nation in giving up using tobacco and electronic cigarettes for the entire day during this Great American Smokeout® event, initiated by the American Cancer Society. The 42nd annual Great American Smokeout will be held on November 16, 2017.

In the more than 50 years since the Surgeon General's first report on smoking and health, cigarette smoking among USA adults has been reduced by approximately half.

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S., yet about 43.8 million Americans still smoke cigarettes - almost 1 in every 5 adults. Quitting tobacco and eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke are two proven ways to decrease the risk of tobacco related death and disability. Among Alaska adult smokers polled in 2015, 68 percent of them wanted to quit, according to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. However, in 2016, more than one in seven US adults were current cigarette smokers (3). Quitting is hard, but you can increase your chances of success with help.

Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits at any age.



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