The Great American Smokeout was started by the American Cancer Society in 1977 as a day to challenge smokers to quit smoking for 24 hours while increasing awareness of the dangers of smoking. Caldwell County Health Department encourages tobacco-free living during the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout (GASO). Despite that lower rate, about 36 million Americans are current smokers and 480,000 die every year from smoking related illnesses. Smoking, The number one cause of preventable death and disease in the nation and kills more than 8,600 adults in this state each year, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.
Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits at any age.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution to quitting tobacco.
1 year after quitting, risk of coronary heart disease is half of that of someone who still smokes.
"The most important thing smokers can do to improve their health is to quit cigarettes and other forms of combustible tobacco", said Brittany Dobbins, MPH, CHES, Assistant Health Director.
Almost 500,000 people die from smoking each year in the United States.
In the more than 50 years since the Surgeon General's first report on smoking and health, cigarette smoking among US adults has been reduced by approximately half.
"During treatment, these patients have more severe reactions, a tougher time getting through, and there is evidence that shows they don't respond as well, unfortunately, to radiation and tumors are more hard to get a handle on", Kelley said. It also now has coaches who will help you find the best method to quit.