The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting — even for one day — smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life; one that can lead to a reduction of cancer risk.

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S., yet about 43.8 million Americans still smoke cigarettes — nearly 1 in every 5 adults. As of 2010, there were also 13.2 million cigar smokers in the U.S., and 2.2 million who smoke tobacco in pipes— other dangerous and addictive forms of tobacco.

There are lots of ways to get additional info: Get the “Quit for Life” mobile app for iPhone or Android, visit for tips for quitting smoking, or call the American Cancer Society at 800.227.2345. (Or do all three!)

— Source: American Cancer Society

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