Join, and support, efforts to quit tobacco
Today is the 38th Great American Smokeout – a day set aside each year dedicated to helping smokers of all ages to quit smoking – and stop using tobacco in any form.It’s a day to put down those cigarettes, cigars and pipes, and not put a pinch between your cheek and gums.
If you don’t smoke, you still can participate in the Great American Smokeout. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 42 million people use tobacco daily; most are smokers. Odds are, each of our readers know at least one person who uses tobacco on a daily basis.
And the odds never are in their favor: Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S. Tobacco users risk lung cancer, lip cancer and cancers of the mouth, throat and digestive tract.
For those hooked on tobacco, the effort to quit can begin today, but continuing to abstain will be an ongoing battle. Thus, the Great American Smokeout isn’t just about struggling through a single day without using tobacco. It’s about finding and using tools to reduce and eventually end personal tobacco use. Counseling, nicotine replacement products, group support, telephone hotline support, and guidebooks can be part of that effort. Support and encouragement from family and friends can help, too.
For those hooked on tobacco, the effort to quit can begin today, but continuing to abstain will be an ongoing battle. If you are hooked on tobacco, we encourage you to begin kicking that habit today. And if you know someone who is trying to quit, please offer your assistance, today and in the future.