Caldwell County Participates in Great American Smokeout

42nd Annual Great American Smokeout Thursday, November 16, 2017

The American Cancer Society is running its Great American Smokeout campaign Thursday, with a goal in helping people quit smoking.

Put down that cigarette and join the Great American Smokeout Thursday, November 16th.

The American Cancer Society reminds us that it is never too late to quit smoking - and some of the benefits are immediate.

According to the Center for Disease Control or CDC, smoking kills more than 480,000 Americans each year; while more than 41,000 die from secondhand smoke.

Information and support for quitting smoking is available by telephone at 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669).

Experts at the Cancer Society say quitting, even for one day, helps your health. "So there is a motivation to quit even well into your elderly years".

Smokers across the nation are quitting the bad habit for at least today, taking a step toward a healthier life.

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In Michigan, Spectrum Health says almost 1.5 million people - 19 percent - use tobacco.

She says there are many services to help you quit, including the Oklahoma tobacco helpline.

Kelley said he sees the long-term effects every day that smoking has on his patients, especially during treatment for those who end up with lung cancer.

Studies show that many users will attempt to quit several times before they are successful.

Barbour says legislating smoke-free environments, like prohibiting it in restaurants an other public places, along with higher taxes, can encourage more people to quit.

He also notes that if you think that vaping is a way to help you quit smoking, you should think again.

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