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NOVEMBER HEALTH CHALLENGE - TAKE THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS QUITTING TOBACCO


Are you or someone you care about still struggling with using tobacco? Commit to quit and improve your health significantly! According to the American Cancer Society, every year more than 440,000 people die in the U.S. from tobacco-related disease (including second-hand smoke), making it the leading cause of preventable death.

To raise awareness and encourage tobacco users to quit, The American Cancer Society has scheduled its 38th annual Great American Smokeout for November 21, 2013. The event encourages tobacco users to quit for one day in hopes that they will decide to quit for good.


Why should you participate?

  • Improve your health - Your body will begin to repair the damage from tobacco use the first day you are tobacco free.


  • Save money - It’s expensive to smoke. A pack a day habit adds up to nearly $2,000 a year.


  • Set a good example - Model healthy behavior for your children and other young people with whom you interact. 70% of smokers started smoking at age 18 or younger.


  • Smell better, taste food’s full flavor and sleep well - If you quit smoking, your hair, clothes, car and house will not smell like cigarettes. Your sense of taste will improve and you will breathe easier, allowing for a more restful night of sleep.


  • Try, try and try again - You can take the first step toward quitting for good. Most former tobacco users make several attempts to quit before being successful. Why not try to quit or cut back your tobacco use on November 21st?

How can you quit for good?

The Great American Smokeout, with support from the American Cancer Society, is a great first step. Take the Stop Smoking Quiz and get started today! Also, check out the American Cancer Society’s web site at http://www.cancer.org to help you plan for the Smokeout and encourage others to join you.