Great American Smokeout, November 17, 2016

Released: 11/15/16

The federal government has taken a tougher stance against tobacco over the past couple of years, banning certain products and marketing tactics, and increasing regulation. It’s an important step toward helping people break a habit with devastating health effects.

These recent developments – and the wide range of tools available to help people stop smoking – mean there has never been a better time to quit. Fewer people smoking can mean a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

“American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout® is an event that takes place the third Thursday in November every year. This event is set aside for all smokers to make a plan to quit smoking for good,” says Jena Elsbernd, WMC director of respiratory care. According to American Cancer Society, 40 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains to be the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world.

“Quitting is a process that begins one day at a time and every day you are cigarette or tobacco free you are taking a step closer to a healthier life,” says Elsbernd.

Join us for the Great American Smokeout, and make November 17 the day you plan to quit for good. For tips on the steps you can take to quit smoking or get involved in the fight against tobacco, visit, call American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.

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