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Get Ready to Quit: The Great American Smokeout is November 16, 2017

Ellsworth – Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation join the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout event. You can use the date yourself to quit smoking for one day or to make a plan to quit, and/or you can encourage someone you know to do the same. By quitting, even for a day, smokers take an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their risk for many chronic diseases.

Tobacco use remains the largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in both Maine and the US, as well as the rest of the world. There is no safe way to smoke tobacco and there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.

Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits at any age. Even though quitting can be hard, your chances of success increase significantly by using approved medications and participating in quit counseling. Call the Maine Tobacco HelpLine at 1-800-207-1230 for quit support. It’s free, confidential, and it works.

Cigarette smoking rates have dropped in the US overall, but some groups continue to have high rates of smoking; in addition, the use of some products, including e-cigarettes, which have not been approved by the FDA as a quit aid, are on the rise.

We encourage everyone to take the Smoke-Free Home Pledge (http://breatheeasymaine.org/pledge/) to keep your home free of secondhand smoke and protect your family and pets from the harmful effects of tobacco.

 

For information about creating tobacco free environments in your home, school, worksite, or community, contact Julie in Hancock County at 207-667-7171 or Georgie in Washington County at 207-255-3741.

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