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Its Great American Smokeout

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Tomorrow (November 15th, 2007) is the Great American Smokeout 2007 – a day on which smokers across the country are encouraged to try to go the whole day without using any tobacco - and then to consider staying that way.

There is usually a reasonable amount of media activity encouraging people to quit smoking and there is a national peak in quit attempts on this day. It is therefore an excellent day for smokers who have been contemplating quitting to have a go. If you are a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know that we’ve previously given a lot of advice on methods for stopping smoking. Some of the links are provided here to help you recap:

How bad is smoking for your health? 2/18/07
http://www.healthline.com/blogs/smoking_cessation/2007/02/how-bad-is-smoking-for-health.html

Ten tips for coping with nicotine withdrawal. 3/7/07
http://www.healthline.com/blogs/smoking_cessation/2007/03/ten-tips-on-coping-with-tobacco.html

Nicotine addiction: how it can trick you into “absent-minded” smoking. 4/13/07
http://www.healthline.com/blogs/smoking_cessation/2007/04/nicotine-addiction-how-it-can-trick.html

How to tell if a smoking cessation aid works. 4/29/07
http://www.healthline.com/blogs/smoking_cessation/2007_04_01_smoking_cessation_archive.html

Get rid of all your tobacco. 6/16/07
http://www.healthline.com/blogs/smoking_cessation/2007/06/get-rid-of-all-your-tobacco.html

Is nicotine replacement therapy effective in the “real world”? 6/21/07
http://www.healthline.com/blogs/smoking_cessation/2007/06/is-nicotine-replacement-therapy.html

When is the best time to quit smoking? 6/29/07
http://www.healthline.com/blogs/smoking_cessation/2007/06/when-is-best-time-to-quit-smoking.html

A year of smoking takes 3 months off your life. 7/9/07
http://www.healthline.com/blogs/smoking_cessation/2007/07/last-friday-july-6th-new-paper-was.html

The American cancer Society Website for Great American Smokeout is also worth a visit at: http://acsf2f.com/gaso/

I’d like to encourage all smokers out there to really have a go at lasting the whole of tomorrow without a smoke, whether you use a smoking cessation aid or not. Then if you can do it for one day, why not another?
I’d also love to hear from those who are going to try, what method you used, and how it went. Feel free to post your stories on this site for others to learn from. Best of luck.
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MA, MAppSci, PhD

Dr. Jonathan Foulds is an expert in the field of tobacco addiction.

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