The Great American Smoke Out is an annual event run by the American Cancer Society on the third Thursday of…
The Great American Smoke Out is an annual event run by the American Cancer Society on the third Thursday of November, which encourages smokers to quit or make a plan to end.
By increasing awareness of the negative health effects of smoking and promoting smoking, there have been many changes since the 1970s when this event began, according to the Monroe County Health Department. Smoking has been banned at workplaces and restaurants, cigarette taxes have risen, cigarette ads have decreased, teens are discouraged from using cigarettes and the attitude towards smoking has changed.
Despite these efforts, the United States Cancer Association reports that one in five American adults still smoke cigarettes. In Monroe County, approximately 1
7 percent of adults continue to smoke.
The Health Department says that tobacco use is the biggest preventable cause of disease and death in the world. It is estimated that 32 percent of cancer deaths are caused by smoking, a statistic that does not contain used smoke. In addition, 80 percent of all deaths in lung cancer are caused by smoking. In addition to cancer, smoke damage to the lungs can lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Smoking also damages the heart and blood vessels, which leads to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
The Health Department offered the following tips to quit smoking:
While difficult, there are resources available to help those who depend on nicotine to succeed. Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line is a free service sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services that helps people stop vaping, smoking or other tobacco use. Call 800-784-8669 to talk with a coach to quit.
For more information on Great American Smoking Out or for more resources to quit, visit https://www.cancer.org/healthy/stay-away-from-tobacco / big-american-smokeout / history-of-the -store-american-smokeout.html.