The American Cancer Society is marking the 37th Great American Smokeout on November 15, an event that encourages smokers to mark the date as the day they quit smoking or make a plan to quit smoking. Tobacco use is the greatest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States, yet more than 45 million Americans (1 in 5) reportedly smoke cigarettes.1 An additional 15 million report smoking cigars. More than half of these smokers have attempted to quit at least once in the past year.1 Smoking is the cause of nearly 1 in 3 cancer deaths, and 1 in 5 deaths from all causes. Another 8.6 million people have a serious illness caused by smoking.2
Studies show that smokers are most successful at quitting smoking when they have support, such as nicotine replacement products, counseling, stop-smoking groups, telephone smoking-cessation hotlines, prescription medicine to lessen cravings, guidebooks, and encouragement and support from family and friends.2 The Great American Smokeout aims to lend support to quitters while pressing for laws that control tobacco use and discourage teenagers from starting smoking.2
Helpful resources The American Cancer Society offers posters, an employee kit, a table tent, “I am Quitting” cards, and a template for Avery label stickers to help promote the Great American Smokeout and the efforts of friends and coworkers to quit smoking. Find these and other helpful tools at www.cancer.org/Healthy/Stay AwayfromTobacco/GreatAmericanSmokeout/ToolsandResources/resources.
1. American Cancer Society. Great American Smokeout. http://www.cancer.org/Healthy/StayAwayfromTobacco/GreatAmericanSmokeout/index. Accessed September 10, 2012.
2. American Cancer Society. History of the Great American Smokeout. http://www.cancer.org/healthy/stayawayfromtobacco/greatamericansmokeout/history-of-the-great-american-smokeout. Updated November 29, 2011. Accessed September 10, 2012.
Resources for Patients
CancerCare Lung Cancer Support, Counseling, & Financial Assistance
LungCancer.org—Lung Cancer 101
Lung Cancer Alliance—About Lung Cancer
Lung Cancer: New Tools for Making Decisions About Treatment
National Lung Cancer Partnership—Living With a Diagnosis of Lung Cancer Booklet
NCCN Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines for Patients
NCI—What You Need to Know About Lung Cancer Booklet
NCI—Lung Cancer Resource Page