Great American Smoke-Out on November 17th!

November 15th, 2016 · No Comments

There is an well-known adage, quitters never win, an adage that at least in one case appears to be wrong. Approximately 40 million people in the United States have the opportunity to be quitters and winners by doing something great for their health on November 17th—kicking the tobacco habit! Each year, on the 3rd Thursday of November, the American Cancer Society ( and partnering organizations, including Healthy Living Rochester (, promote the Great American Smoke-out, a day on which people who smoke are invited to quit.

Why quit smoking?

Besides the well-known health benefits that come from stopping smoking (lower risk of heart disease and cancer), there are a number of other benefits (source:

• Save money by not buying cigarettes

• Improve one’s sense of smell and taste

• Avoid smoke damage to clothing, cars, and home furnishings

• Look younger by avoiding the effect cigarette smoking has on wrinkling of the skin

• Live a longer and healthier life—on average, non-smokers live at least 10 years longer than non-smokers, and if a smoker quits before
40 years of age, their chance of dying from a tobacco-related disease goes down by 90%!

How to quit?

Thousands of people quit smoking successfully each year, generally following a variation of the following steps—the “3 D’s” of behavior change:

1. Desire: develop and maintain a strong desire to quit,

2. Do: do something about the desire to change by making a plan to quit, and

3. Don’t give up: keep moving ahead, re-assessing your plan’s effectiveness and re-adjusting your plans as needed to be successful in meeting your goal of tobacco-free living.

Additional help may be needed for some smokers who are quitting—including counseling and medication therapy. For more information, smokers can contact their primary healthcare provider or the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center. In addition, a free service—the Quit Plan—is available to all Minnesota residents by calling 1-888-354-PLAN (7526) or by going to the website

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