[LUBBOCK, TX] – [November 19, 2013] – As the official sponsor of birthdays, the American Cancer Society marks the 38th Great American Smokeout on November 21, 2013 by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. According to an American Cancer Society report, smokers who quit can expect to live as many as ten years longer (that’s 10 more birthdays!) than those who continue to smoke. Smokers who want to quit can call the American Cancer Society QuitLine at 1-877-YES-QUIT (1-877-937-7848) for tobacco cessation and coaching services that can help increase their chances of quitting for good. The Society also has online tools at cancer.org/Smokeout, such as a crave button and a quit clock to help smokers plan towards kicking the habit for good.
There are several locations in Lubbock on November 21st where materials and volunteers will be available to assist those looking for information on smoking cessation. People who turn in their cigarettes could receive an opportunity to win a very nice prize. There will be volunteers with information and materials at the following locations:
*Amigos on N. University from 9am – Noon
* Lobby of Covenant Health System – Main Campus from 10:30am – 1:30pm
There are more than 1,200 deaths every day due to tobacco use in the United States.
Research shows that much of the risk of premature death from smoking could be prevented by quitting. Smokers who quit, regardless of age, live longer than people who continue to smoke. Smokers who quit reduce their risk of lung cancer – ten years after quitting, the lung cancer death rate is about half that of a continuing smoker’s. Quitting also lowers the risk for other major diseases including heart disease and stroke.
The Society created the trademarked concept for and held its first Great American Smokeout in 1976 as a way to inspire and encourage smokers to quit for a day. One million people quit smoking for a day at the 1976 event in California. The Great American Smokeout encourages smokers to commit to making a long-term plan to quit smoking for good.
Important facts about tobacco use:
- Tobacco use remains single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in US.
- Each year, smoking results in an estimated 443,000 premature deaths–including 49,400 nonsmokers.
- Each day, smoking accounts for 1,200 deaths a day in the U.S., which translates to 66 deaths a day in the state of Texas.
- Smoking accounts for approximately $200 billion in health care expenditures and productivity losses.
- Tobacco use increases the risk of cancers of the lung, mouth, nasal cavities, larynx, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, colorectum, liver, pancreas, kidney, bladder, uterine cervix, ovary and myeloid leukemia.
- Thirty percent of cancer deaths, including 87 percent of lung cancer deaths, can be attributed to tobacco.
- In Texas an estimated 14,030 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year and 9,600 will die of the disease.
- Smokers who quit before age 50 cut their risk of dying in the next 15 years in half, compared to those who continue to smoke.
If your community organization, school or business would like to host their own Great American Smokeout event, the Society offers materials in both English and Spanish at smokeoutresources.org. These materials can be downloaded free of charge.