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Great American Smokeout --- November 19, 2009

Although the United States has made great strides toward reducing the prevalence of smoking, approximately 46 million adults (20.6% of the population) still smoke (1), and every day, another 1,000 young persons become new smokers (2). Annually, smoking results in 440,000 deaths and $193 billion in health-care costs and lost productivity (3). November 19 marks the 33rd anniversary of the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout. This annual event challenges smokers to quit for at least 1 day and provides information resources to help them quit permanently.

Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits, including reduced risk for heart disease and certain cancers. Successful quitting often takes several tries. To improve success, smokers should use proven cessation treatments and services, including health-care guidance, approved medications, and cessation counseling. Combining counseling and medications can more than double cessation success. More information about the Great American Smokeout is available at http://www.cancer.org, and free help for quitting smoking is available by calling 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669) or visiting http://www.smokefree.gov.

References

  1. CDC. Cigarette smoking among adults and trends in smoing cessation---United States, 2008. MMWR 2009;58:1227--32.
  2. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Results from the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: detailed tables, 4-10A and 4-11A. Rockville, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Applied Studies; 2009. Available at http://www.oas.samhsa.gov/nsduh/2k8nsduh/tabs/sect4petabs1to16.htm#tab4.10a. Accessed November 4, 2009.
  3. CDC. Smoking-attributable mortality, years of potential life lost, and productivity losses---United States, 2000--2004. MMWR 2008;57:1226--8.

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Date last reviewed: 11/12/2009

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