The Great American Smokeout
The good news is today in the United States there are now more former smokers than current smokers and those that continue to smoke do so less often. However, according to the American Cancer Society, more than 34 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, smoking remains the single largest preventable cause of death and illness in the world and more than 16 million Americans live with a smoking-related disease. Fortunately, each November The American Cancer Society (@americancancer) hosts The Great American Smokeout which challenges current smokers to take the first step towards quitting.
Quitting #smoking isn’t easy. It takes time & a plan. You don’t have to stop smoking in one day. Start with day one. Let the #GreatAmericanSmokeout on November 15th be your day to start your journey toward a smoke-free life. https://t.co/9ZdsFLDrZ6 pic.twitter.com/hQ7JtUSQb3
— American Cancer Society (@AmericanCancer) November 14, 2018
Benefits of Quitting Smoking Over Time
Smokers decide to quit for many different reasons. Research shows that just twenty minutes after your last cigarette your body begins the healing process. There are both immediate rewards to quitting smoking and long term rewards. It’s never too late to quit using tobacco. The sooner you quit, the more you can reduce your chances of getting cancer and other diseases.
Helping a Smoker Quit
The American Cancer Society offers a plethora of tools to not only support smokers but their friends and family also. A comprehensive list, Helping a Smoker Quit: Do’s and Don’ts, offers tips that can be used to help long time smokers be successful.
November 15 is the Great American Smokeout. People who get support with quitting are more likely to succeed than those who try to quit alone. Find support, including a quit app 📱, at https://t.co/NQDyLjzY51 #GASO18 #Veterans pic.twitter.com/37KC8JGGWX
— HHS.gov (@HHSGov) November 11, 2018
Smoking Cessation – 3 steps to quitting
Tracking Smoking Data
Gallup (@GallupNews) delivers analytics and advice to help leaders and organizations solve their most pressing problems. The organization interviews 500 people every day; the result is a sample that projects to an estimated 95% of U.S. adults. Gallup recently reported that one in four U.S. adults say that smoking should be made totally illegal in the U.S. — the highest percentage to date, by one point. The measure had previously garnered between 11% and 24% support over the nearly three decades that Gallup has been tracking it. For a full picture of Tobacco and Smoking statistics over the years be sure to see Gallup’s full collection of charts and graphs.
— GallupNews (@GallupNews) July 23, 2018