November 18 2013
JUNEAU – Every third Thursday in November, tobacco users are encouraged to make a plan and set a date to quit for life, or pledge to be smoke-free for 24 hours as a part of the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout. This year’s Great American Smokeout is on Thursday, November 21.
SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) strongly encourages smokers to become former smokers. One big step in that direction is to take advantage of the Great American Smokeout this Thursday. Quitting tobacco, even just for a day, moves you that much closer to a healthier life – one with reduced risk of cancer and other health problems.
Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet nearly 1 in every 5 adults still smoke tobacco and that rate is 75% higher (1 out of 3) for Alaska Native people. The health benefits of quitting start immediately and it’s never too late. Quitting at any age can give back years of life that would be lost by continuing to smoke and it doesn’t take long for your body to notice the difference…
Remember, this year’s Great American Smokeout is Thursday, November 21, 2013. Mark it on your calendar!
Quitting tobacco is hard. Get help from your doctor now. You can call Alaska’s Tobacco Quit Line for free help to quit tobacco. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.