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Posted on: November 19, 2019

44th Annual Great American Smokeout

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November 21, 2019 is the 44th Annual Great American Smokeout. Since 1976, the American Cancer Society has hosted the Great American Smokeout, a national public awareness event encouraging people to quit smoking, even if it is just for one day. 

Quitting smoking can be extremely difficult and often results in multiple attempts. Research shows individuals may attempt to quit as many as 30 times before they quit for good. Experts say the best approach is to start with a plan and seek support, such as the Maine Tobacco Helpline. Although quitting is difficult and often requires several attempts, today there are more former smokers than current smokers.

According to the American Cancer Society, smoking accounts for nearly 1 in 3 cancer deaths in the United States, and increases the risk cancers of the lung, mouth, larynx, pharynx, esophagus, kidney, cervix, liver, bladder, pancreas, stomach, and colon/rectum, as well as for myeloid leukemia. Additionally, smoking damages nearly every organ in the body. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 1 out of 5 (480,000) deaths in the United States are linked to smoking.

 To Learn more about the Great American Smokeout visit: cancer.org/smokeout

The Maine Tobacco HelpLine
CDC strongly advises individuals to seek proven cessation methods, such as nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs, such as patches, gum, lozenges, etc.) or prescription medications and counseling, or a combination of all.

If you are interested in quitting, the Maine Tobacco HelpLine can make quitting easier and can also increase your likelihood of quitting for good. Studies have shown individuals are 2 to 3 times more likely to successfully quit with the Helpline. The Maine Tobacco HelpLine offers free, confidential support to all individuals interested in becoming smoke free. There are two ways to enroll. You can enroll by phone at 1-800-207-1230 or enroll online at TheQuitLink.com

On November 21, 2019, join individuals from all over the country on the journey to becoming smoke free. Whether you quit just for the day or begin a quit journey, know that every quit story started somewhere. One day smoke free can change the mindset and prove you can indeed lead a smoke-free life. 

FMI about additional resources available in Cumberland County contact Kirsten Goodrich, kfaucher@portlandmaine.gov  or by phone at (207) 541-6956.


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