No better day to give up smoking

Cigarettes on ash tray

Cigarettes on ash tray

It's a free event, geared at helping smokers quit tobacco use.

For more than 40 years, the American Cancer Society has hosted the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November. ". Smoking accounts for almost one in three cancer deaths in the United States, and increases the risk cancers of the lung, mouth, larynx (voice box), pharynx (throat), esophagus, kidney, cervix, liver, bladder, pancreas, stomach, and colon/rectum, as well as for myeloid leukemia".

Greene County Public Health is encouraging residents to commit or recommit to healthy, smoke-free lives by participating in the American Cancer Society's 43rd Great American Smokeout Thursday, Nov. 15.

On this Great American Smokeout day, the Michigan Tobacco Quitline for help is 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

The idea is if you can quit for today, you might continue to stop smoking altogether.

Research shows that while quitting is hard for most tobacco users, quitters are most successful when using a combination of therapies, including resources such as nicotine replacement, counseling, self-help materials and a strong support network of family and friends. Some groups of Americans suffer disproportionately more from smoking-related cancer and other diseases, including those who have less education, who live below the poverty level, or who suffer from serious psychological distress, as well as certain racial and ethnic groups, and lesbians, gays and bisexuals.

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"Our results found no evidence that spending time with vapers discourages smokers from quitting, which should help to alleviate concerns about the wider public health impact of e-cigarettes". "About 1 out of 5 (480,000) deaths in the United States is due to smoking".

While the smoking rate has dropped significantly, from 42 percent in 1965 to 14 percent in 2017, the gains have been inconsistent, the American Cancer Society reported. It offers free advice, patches and gum.

"We purchased a number of carbon monoxide breathalyzer-type devices", Doberstein said.

By contrast, only around a quarter (26.8%) of smokers who do not use vapers attempted to quit in the previous 12 months.

Even fo those who have been smoking for many years and feel like it is too late to quit or that they won't benefit from quitting, the Livingston Health Department says that it is never too late, and that anyone who quits smoking will be on the path to improving his or her health over time. Most insurance companies cover the cost of counseling and nicotine replacement products.

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