The Great American Smokeout, a day when smokers are encouraged to quit for the day and make a plan to quit for good, is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 19. This remains especially important in Kentucky, which has the highest rates of lung cancer and deaths from it, and where more than one in four adults smoke, the second highest rate in the nation.
The American Cancer Society has coordinated the Smokeout on every third Thursday in November since 1976. It is estimated that this annual event has helped change Americans’ attitudes about smoking, and probably saved millions of lives.
According to the Cancer Society, “about 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. As of 2013, there were also 12.4 million cigar smokers in the US, and over 2.3 million who smoke tobacco in pipes — other dangerous and addictive forms of tobacco.”
For more information about the Great American Smokeout, including a guide to quitting smoking, please click here.