Take the Pledge to Participate in the Great American Smokeout

While October was National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, November calls for the Great American Smokeout. The American Cancer Society has promoted this movement on the third Thursday of November each year.

The day is set aside to encourage 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 — smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.

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 — other dangerous and addictive forms of tobacco.

As one of the most preventable causes of cancer, it is imperative that smokers are informed on how quitting smoking can allow them to live a longer and more fulfilling lifestyle.

If you know someone who has become a victim of a tobacco addiction, now is the perfect time to educate them on how important it is to quit sooner rather than later. One way to approach this uncomfortable conversation is by describing how much we love them and that we want them to be here for many years to come.

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