If you’ve been kickin’ around the idea of giving up tobacco, here’s your chance. It’s the Great American Smokeout (GASO). The annual event, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, is held on the third Thursday in November. This year, the Great American Smokeout occurs November 21, 2013.
The Dangers of Tobacco
In honor of the event, local and nationwide activities, rallies, parades and educational events take place around the nation. Besides encouraging tobacco-users to permanently kick the habit, GASO also helps raise awareness about the many dangers of smoking. Did you know smokers are 10 times more likely to get lung cancer and emphysema than non-smokers? Women face an increased risk in cervical cancer. Despite the risks, nearly 48 million Americans still smoke. Half of those will die prematurely from smoking.
Kick the Habit
For those who are not quite ready to kick the habit for good, why not just “walk away for a day?” The United States Department of Defense takes part in the annual event by encouraging its military personnel and family members to quit smoking for 24 hours.
There are a slew of tools to help you or a loved one be successful too. A handy, dandy online savings calculator will show you just how much money you’ll save by kicking the habit.
- Don’t know How to Quit? The American Cancer Society has plenty of suggestions and tips.
- Benefits of Quitting – There are many benefits of quitting tobacco-use. Just 20 minutes after quitting, did you know your heart rate and blood pressure drop?
- Need a diversion to keep your mind off things? Check out these fun and free online games to keep you on the right track.
- Craving Stopper Download – Don’t let those constant cravings overwhelm you when you are trying to quit. Download this free Craving Stopper to your computer desktop and click the button anytime a craving sets in.
- Boredom Busters – Here are some quick and easy tips to beat boredom.
- Not only is smoking bad for you, it is also bad for those around you, including children and pets. Learn all about the dangers of Secondhand Smoke.
- Help someone you love kick the habit.
- Not quite sure what to expect? Learn about the nicotine withdrawal symptoms you may experience.
- Spread the word and encourage others to take part. Print out this free flyer and post it around town, your office or home.
- Put it in writing with this free “I’m a Born Non-Smoker T-Shirt Transfer.”
- Check out these free printable stickers.
Why not take the pledge to quit smoking or to encourage a friend or loved one kick the habit? While quitting is hard, just remember – it can help save your life!
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