Today is "The Great American Smokeout", sponsored by the American Cancer Society, where we're all encouraged to go smoke-free for the day. As an ex-smoker, I know it can be difficult giving up the smokes for a day, but once you have a day under your belt, you're on your way to quitting for good.

Here's more information and some helpful hints according to the American Cancer Society:

"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 — 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.

More Information About Quitting

The American Cancer Society can tell you about the steps you can take to quit smoking and provide quit-smoking programs, resources and support that can increase your chances of quitting successfully. To learn about the available tools, call us at 1-800-227-2345."

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