American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout
Every year since 1976, the third Thursday in November marks the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout, American Cancer Society Communications Manager Kate Rosson says it’s a day when smokers are encouraged to quit for the day and make a plan to quit for good. According to Rosson, thanks to increased awareness, research, and other efforts, smoking rates have dropped dramatically in the past several decades. But, she says there is still a lot of work do. She says Alabama’s statistics related to tobacco deaths are troubling. About 42 million adults currently smoke cigarettes, and tobacco remains a major killer, responsible for nearly one in five deaths in the United States, and at least 30-percent of all cancer deaths. According to the American Cancer Society, quitting smoking also lowers the risk of diabetes, lets blood vessels work better, and helps the heart and lungs. Rosson adds quitting while you are younger will reduce your health risks more, but quitting at any age can give back years of life that would be lost by continuing to smoke.