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30 Years of Packing it In: The Great American Smokeout is Nov 16

It was 1976 when the California Division of the American Cancer Society asked one million smokers to stop smoking. Three decades later, the Great American Smokeout is still a national event. Of course it would have been nice if the program died a natural death, that is, there were no more smokers to urge to stop smoking. Still, if you have tried a hundred times before, we want you give it another go.

A recent report* by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 42.5 percent of current smokers--19.2 million people--had stopped smoking for at least one day during the past year because they were trying to quit. And among those who had ever smoked, 50.8 percent--46.5 million people--had successfully quit.

No one is suggesting that quitting is easy. Sometimes it take a few hundred tries.

For help and tips, stop in and visit Freedom from Smoking Health Matters Healthblog to see what’s new in smoking cessation.

For ways to quell the cravings visit the American Cancer Society.

So save the date and good luck!

*CDC. Tobacco use among adults---United States, 2005. MMWR 2006;55:1145--8.

TAGS: Smoking cessation, Great American Smokeout, American Cancer Society, Smoking
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