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The Great American Smokeout

REGION – This year, Central Michigan District Health Department (CMDHD) would like to celebrate a day of change and inspiration. On November 17 2022, the American Cancer Society will be celebrating the Great American Smokeout. Millions of tobacco users will attempt to go 24 hours smoke-free. This is an event that has been celebrated for over 40 years on the third Thursday of November. Each year, this day focuses on more than just not smoking; it is a day of transformation and a start to a new, healthier life.

The CMDHD staff encourages your participation in this year’s Great American Smokeout. They are hoping smokers will make a plan to quit, or to quit on this day. By doing so, the hope is to inspire smokers to take that first step to living a healthier life and help reduce their risk of cancer. This is also an opportunity to learn about the resources and tools that are available locally and virtually to help quit and stay smoke-free.

Addiction to nicotine is said to be one of the strongest and deadliest addictions a person can have, which can make the challenge of quitting even more difficult. The CMDHD says “Each day, about 1,600 youth try their first cigarette.” It is important to spread awareness throughout our communities on the harm that smoking can cause. It remains the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death within the United States.

Quitting tobacco use takes commitment and starts with creating a strong quit plan. It may take many attempts and will require a lot of support to be successful. There are also pharmaceutical and nicotine replacement treatment options available to help with quitting. It is important to speak with your healthcare provider to see what the best option is for you. There are a lot of challenges that one can face, but remember, it doesn’t have to happen overnight. Start with one day at a time and try using some of the many local and online resources to help you along the way. Grab a friend, co-worker, or family member who wants to quit tobacco and join the millions of others who are on their journey to living tobacco-free. For personal advice, local resources, and one-on-one counseling, try calling the Michigan Quit Now helpline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit the American Cancer Society® at www.cancer.org to find more resources and tools that will help turn your plan into action.

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