The "Great American Smokeout" will take place on Thursday, November 16. The event has helped dramatically change Americans' attitudes about smoking, helping bring about community programs and smoke-free laws that are now saving lives in many states. "George" has several health issues that prompted him to quit smoking.
Thursday is the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout, a day to encourage smokers to make a plan to quit or plan in advance and quit smoking that day.
The Marquette County Health Department is providing people looking to quit with quit kits, created to help people make a plan to quit smoking. "At least for one day if they can stop smoking and then that will help them set the goal of not smoking in the future". The American Cancer Society acknowledges that while quitting is hard, people can double or triple their chances of success if they combine quitting with counseling, education, support from others, and medications. Secondhand smoke can lead to ear infections and asthma attacks in children, and it can increase the risk of heart disease and cancer among adults.
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.
And of course, the Marquette County Health Department encourages smokers to quit every day, not just today.
The clinic's Psychosocial Coordinator Jennifer Finn says the acronym S-T-A-R-T stands for "setting a quit date", "tell family or friends your plan", "anticipate challenges you may face", "remove all tobacco products from home" and "tell your provider".