To Your Health: Great American Smokeout a perfect time to quit smoking
BY THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY November 5, 2013 1:54PM
The American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout is scheduled for Nov. 21 this year. | File photo
Updated: December 7, 2013 6:07AM
As the American Cancer Society marks our 100th year in the fight to end cancer, we celebrate the progress we’ve helped make against lung cancer and tobacco use.
While our progress is remarkable, there is still more work to be done. On Nov. 21, the American Cancer Society will rally people everywhere to join us for the Great American Smokeout during our 100th birthday year to take action that will help finish the fight once and for all.
Since the 1950s, Society-funded research has helped scientists understand the role of tobacco in cancer development. The Society has worked tirelessly in the fight against tobacco to educate consumers on the dangers of smoking, provide support to those who want to quit, and mobilize communities — in the United States and globally — to implement public policies that save lives.
More than 24 states — including Illinois — have passed smoke-free workplace laws to protect 49 percent of the U.S. population.
Smoking is banned on all domestic U.S. flights.
Most states ban distribution of free cigarettes.
Nationally, tobacco advertising is banned on broadcast media.
From 1965 to today, cigarette smoking among adults in the United States decreased from more than 42 percent to about 19 percent.
Although tremendous progress has been made, there is more to do to finish the fight:
Every six seconds, someone in the world dies because of tobacco use.
Smoking-related diseases remain the world’s most preventable cause of death.
Smoking is the cause of nearly 1 in 3 cancer deaths.
Nearly 1 in 4 high school seniors and 1 in 3 people younger than age 26 smoke.
Of every three young smokers, only one will quit, and one of the other two who continue to smoke will die from tobacco-related causes.
About half of all people who smoke and continue to smoke will end up dying from a tobacco-related disease. Tobacco use causes more than a dozen types of cancer, as well as heart disease, emphysema and stroke. In the United States, tobacco use is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 deaths.
Planning a date to quit is a key step smokers can take to live healthier lives.
No matter how old a person is or how long he or she has smoked, quitting can help everyone live longer and be healthier. By quitting, individuals can add up to 10 years to their lives.
Setting a quit date, such as the Great American Smokeout date, allows smokers to create a plan for how to handle the cravings and symptoms of withdrawal.
If you or your loved ones are thinking about quitting, the American Cancer Society can help. For more information, including tips and tools to help you quit for good, call the Society at 800-227-2345, or visit cancer.org/smokeout.