Posted on 11/13/2017 at 09:22 AM by Troy Cummings
Most of us know all too well the devastating impact tobacco can have on people’s health. Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. Yet, 40 million American adults still smoke. At the same time, we know tobacco is one of the strongest addictions one can have. We used to encourage smokers to quit cold turkey on a single day. We now know that quitting is a process. It starts with a plan, often takes time and requires a lot of support. Enter: The Great American Smokeout…
Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout (GASO). This year it falls on November 16th. They may use the date to make a plan to quit, or they may plan in advance and quit smoking that day. The Rolling Strong Program will be participating in GASO by hosting a smoking cessation challenge for Hummer employees. Sign-ups will start on November 16th and be open until December 1st.
Annual Great American Smokeout events began in the 1970s when smoking and secondhand smoke were common. The idea for the Great American Smokeout grew from a 1970 event in Randolph, Massachusetts, at which Arthur P. Mullaney asked people to give up cigarettes for a day and donate the money they would have spent on cigarettes to a high school scholarship fund. The idea caught on, and on November 18, 1976, the California Division of the American Cancer Society got nearly 1 million smokers to quit for the day. Since then, there have been dramatic changes in the way the public views tobacco advertising and tobacco use.
From 1965 to today, cigarette smoking among adults in the United States decreased from 42% to about 17%. Strong smoke-free policies, media campaigns, and increases in the prices of tobacco products are at least partly credited for these decreases. Fortunately, the past few decades have seen great strides in changing attitudes about smoking, understanding nicotine addiction, and learning how to help people quit.
Click here for more information on The Great American Smokeout. Here you can find resources for phone and online support, quitting tips and even an app that tracks how long you’ve been smoke-free, the money you’ve saved and the days you’ve added to your life as a result. Also, be sure to check your email for more information about the Rolling Strong Smoking Reduction and Cessation Challenge!
Written by Kasey Lockett, Rolling Strong Wellness Coach