If you're a smoker, setting a date to quit can be an important step in protecting your health and the health of your loved ones. The American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout encourages smokers to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking on a specific day. This year, the 41st annual Great American Smokeout is today - November 17 -- and will encourage the 36.5 million adults in the U.S. who smoke cigarettes to quit.
Many loved ones have probably urged you to quit smoking already, and you've probably wanted or tried to quit. We know that quitting can be hard, but don't give up. Just as every successful goal starts with planning and preparation, so too does quitting. When you plan to quit smoking during the Great American Smokeout, you are celebrating this day with millions of other smokers across the nation who also want to quit. Join in by participating in social media conversations, chatting live with a counselor or calling a quitline, or teaming up with friends, family, or co-workers for encouragement.
Smokers who have support are more likely to quit for good! Visit CDC's Tips From Former Smokers website for resources, tips, and support.