American Cancer Society Offers Help For Smokers Who Want To Quit The Habit

By Monica U Santos , Nov 17, 2016 06:11 AM EST

The American Cancer Society is encouraging smokers to quit tobacco use during its Great American Smokeout on November 17, and then hopefully for good. Every year since 1976, the third Thursday of November always marks the American Cancer Society’s “Great American Smokeout,” a day when smokers are encouraged to put down all tobacco products and formulate a plan on how to quit tobacco for good. On Thursday, it will be the organization's 40th annual Great American Smokeout.

American Cancer Society Offers Help To Quit Smoking

Doctors know that quitting smoking probably will not happen on the first, second or even third try. That is why the Great American Smokeout event is held annually across the United States on every third Thursday of November. According to Sun Herald, on the Coast, the Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition of Jackson County will offer free stop-smoking resources from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, outside the Student Learning Center at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community campus in Gautier.

As what Jennifer Washington-McMurray said "Those who have to try over and over again, it may not work on this Thursday. But maybe it will work next Thursday. Maybe it will work on Thanksgiving." She also said that smokers should not be discouraged and create a plan to quit for good. All the people behind the upcoming event on Thursday believes that it is the perfect opportunity to get started to formulate a plan. "Everyone is working together to help individuals stop smoking," Washington-McMurray said.

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“Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease and death in the United States. In Mississippi, 5,400 adults die each year from smoking, and 192,000 children are exposed to secondhand smoke at home,” Amy Winter, director of the Office of Tobacco Control Network (TCN) at the Mississippi State Department of Health. TCN is comprised of the tobacco control program managers and staff from each U.S. state and territorial health agency and the health department of the District of Columbia.

“Every year, hundreds of nonsmoking Mississippians die from exposure to secondhand smoke. Abundant evidence has demonstrated the danger of second hand smoke, but it continues to be a significant public health hazard. Secondhand smoke causes heart disease, lung cancer and other serious health problems. Children are especially vulnerable to its risks,” said Kellie Lamb, director of the Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition of Jackson County, which give helps to the event.


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