Great American Smokeout

Charles City, IA – Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event. This day is to help people stop smoking. By quitting, even for one day, smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk.

Sarah Foster, with the American Cancer Society, says more about this day.

About 40 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women in Iowa and accounts for at least 30% of all cancer deaths in the US.

Foster also says that to quit smoking, the fight has to be taken one day at a time.

The American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout on November 16, is the perfect opportunity to quit smoking. The Society is here to help all cancer patients, including lung cancer patients, get the help they need when they need it. To get help to stop call Quitline Iowa at 1-800-QUITNOW to enroll in a free smoking cessation program, contact the American Cancer Society at or call 1-800-227-2345 for free tips and tools.


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