Great American Smokeout Encourages Smokers Not To Smoke Today

Northwest Iowa — Today (Thursday, November 20th) is the Great American Smokeout.cigarette butt smoke smoking

The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting — even for one day — the American Cancer Society says smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.

We had a chance to talk with Shay Davis, the Tobacco Prevention Advocate for the Northwest Iowa Tobacco Free Coalition. He tells us about that organization.

He tells us about the Great American Smokeout.

He tells us his suggestions for those who want to quit smoking.

The American Cancer Society says that tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet about 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes — a bit under 1 in every 5 adults. As of 2012, there were also 13.4 million cigar smokers in the US, and 2.3 million who smoke tobacco in pipes — activities that the American Cancer Society calls “other dangerous and addictive forms of tobacco”.

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