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Promoting tobacco-free living during Great American Smokeout

Promoting tobacco-free living during Great American Smokeout”

Carrot, a digital health company that delivers clinically proven, behavioral science-based solutions that empower people to take control of their personal health, is encouraging individuals who smoke to participate in tomorrow's Great American Smokeout.

¯ 87 percent - The percentage of lung cancer deaths in the USA caused by smoking.

Yet, because tobacco is one of the strongest addictions one can have, about 40 million American adults still smoke.

"About one in nine high school seniors have reported vaping within the last month and what most people don't realize is that some of these vaping pens contain chemicals that are similar to what's found in antifreeze", says Dr. Badolato."Also, a lot of these vaping pens contain two times the level of nicotine as a cigarette so what can sometimes happen is that can actually lead to more smoking down the line, and the other thing I think people need to realize is that nicotine is actually more addictive than heroin".

And, as COVID-19 cases surge once again across the country, available research indicates that smoking and vaping can increase the risk of COVID-19 infection and of worse health outcomes from the virus.

¯ On average, smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers.

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We offer these statistics with the hope that many smokers take that first step to stop and put down those cigarettes, cigars and pipes, or don't put a pinch between your cheek and gums.

According to the American Lung Association, smoking causes almost half a million deaths per year, making it the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.

Smoking rates in the US have declined from 42% in 1965 to 13.7% in 2018, but the gains are inconsistent, and some groups continue to smoke and smoke more heavily than others. The habit continues to be the number one risk factor for lung cancer and has been linked to 80-90% of all diagnosed cases. However, while about 20 million Americans try to quit using tobacco each year, only a fraction succeed. The annual excess health care cost in Minnesota is almost $3.2 billion. We are completely sure a savings will be found.

The Great American Smokeout isn't just about struggling through a single-day commitment to go tobacco free.

Personalized coaching and support from a real human being who stays with you for as long as you use Pivot. If cold turkey quitting is too much, consider the availability of counseling, nicotine replacement products, group support, telephone hotline support, guidebooks and encouragement, including nagging, from friends and family. Since 1976, the American Cancer Society has hosted the Great American Smokeout as a public awareness event to encourage people to quit smoking.

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