Great American Smokeout
According to the American Cancer Society, every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event. Encourage someone you know to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. By quitting – even for 1 day – smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk.
Why We Need the Great American Smokeout
About 36.5 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world. While cigarette smoking rates have dropped (from 42% in 1965 to 15.1% in 2015), cigar, pipe, and hookah – other dangerous and addictive ways to smoke tobacco – are very much on the rise. Smoking kills people – there’s no “safe” way to smoke tobacco.Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits at any age. Quitting is hard, but you can increase your chances of success with help. Getting help through counseling or medications can double or triple the chances of quitting successfully. For additional information about the Great American Smokeout and more visit the American Cancer Society's website.
Quitting smoking is not easy, but you can do it. To have the best chance of quitting and staying quit, you need to know what you’re up against, what your options are, and where to go for help. Health Management and Education is here to help by offerring free educational classes to patients and employees of UC Davis Health. Classes range from a one time, two hour Strategies to Quit Workshop to an eight class series, SToP Tobacco Program. In the program participants and their support person (if desired) attend eight classes that are two hours in length. Series participants meet over a three week period to complete the program. Once patients are smoke-free UC Davis Health offers a monthly Smoke-Free Support group.