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The Great American Smokeout, November 16, 1995

Since 1977, the American Cancer Society has sponsored the Great American Smokeout to foster community-based activities that encourage cigarette smokers to stop smoking. This year, the Great American Smokeout will be on Thursday, November 16. The primary goal of this year's event is to prevent initiation of tobacco use among adolescents.

From 1965 through 1993, the annual prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults in the United States declined 40% (1). However, the prevalence of smoking among adolescents remained steady since the mid-1980s (2), and the most recent data suggest it is increasing (3).

Events this year will include a week of classroom activities intended to raise awareness among teenagers about the social and physical benefits of never starting to smoke. In addition, American Cancer Society volunteers will conduct activities for smokers and their nonsmoking partners at shopping malls, worksites, hospitals, military installations, and other locations.

Additional information is available from the American Cancer Society, telephone (800) 227-2345 or (404) 320-3333; and from CDC, telephone (800) 232-1311 or (770) 488-5705.

Reported by: American Cancer Society, Atlanta. Office on Smoking and Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC.


  1. CDC. Cigarette smoking among adults -- United States, 1993. MMWR 1994;43:925-9.

  2. Nelson DE, Giovino GA, Shopland DR, et al. Trends in cigarette smoking among U.S. adolescents, 1974 through 1991. Am J Public Health 1995;85:35-40.

  3. NCHS. Health, United States, 1994. Hyattsville, Maryland: US Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, CDC, 1995; DHHS publication no. (PHS)95-1232.

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