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Published on November 5th, 2018 | by Deb Wolf

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The Great American Smokeout is November 15

Central Vermont New Directions Coalition encourages smokers to make a plan to quit smoking during the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout®

The 43rd Annual Great American Smokeout® is November 15, 2018

Central VT New Directions Coalition is encouraging community members to commit or recommit to healthy, smoke-free lives by participating in the American Cancer Society’s 43rd Great American Smokeout® event on November 15, 2018.

“The most important thing smokers can do to improve their health is to quit smoking cigarettes and other forms of combustible tobacco,” said Ann Gilbert, Coalition Director. “We are showing our support for people who take those first steps toward making a plan to quit.”

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, accounting for 29% of all cancer deaths. In fact, smoking cigarettes kills more Americans than alcohol, car accidents, HIV, guns, and illegal drugs combined. Smoking not only causes cancer. It damages nearly every organ in the body, including the lungs, heart, blood vessels, reproductive organs, mouth, skin, eyes, and bones.

Addiction to nicotine in cigarettes is one of the strongest and most deadly addictions one can have. While cigarette smoking rates have dropped (from 42% in 1965 to 15.5% in 2016), about 37.8 million Americans smoke cigarettes. Each year, approximately 20 million American smokers try to quit, representing more than half of the 37.8 million smokers in the U.S. Only about 1.4 million (7%) succeed.

Quitting is hard. It takes commitment and starts with a plan, often takes more than one quit attempt, and requires a lot of support. Getting help through counseling and/or prescription medications can double or triple your chances of quitting successfully. Support is also important. Smoking cessation programs, telephone quit lines, the American Cancer Society’s Freshstart program, Nicotine Anonymous meetings, self-help materials such as books and pamphlets, and smoking counselors or coaches can be a great help.

CVNDC is partnering with the American Cancer Society, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to provide support as people make their plan to quit. More information is available at cancer.org/smokeout or by calling 1-800-227-2345. Local quit help is available:
http://802quits.org/ – 802-863-7270
Central VT New Directions Coalition – 802-223-4949
http://sherryrhynard.com/quit-smoking/ – 802-272-2736
Central VT Medical Center, 802-371-4100

“Central Vermont New Directions Coalition wants to help the people in our community to be healthy and happy,” said Ann Gilbert, Coalition Director. “During this year’s Great American Smokeout® event, we hope everyone will join us – and encourage their friends, family and colleagues to join us – in committing or recommitting to year-around, smoke-free lives.”


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