Butt out! Great American Smokeout Thursday

Third Thursday in November encourages smokers to make a plan to quit lighting up

Author: Lisa Ray, Managing Editor, ClickOnDetroit.com, @ClickOnLisa, lray@wdiv.com
Published On: Nov 21 2013 03:08:26 AM EST   Updated On: Nov 21 2013 03:08:42 AM EST
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The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year 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 the American Cancer Society, by quitting — even for one day — smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.

This year, the American Heart Association is celebrating quitters and their supporters with a series of fun characters designed for social sharing on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Get tips on how to kick your smoking habit during the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout on Thursday, Nov. 21st from 1-2pm ET during Everyday Health’s #HealthTalk: http://www.everydayhealth.com/healthtalk/great-american-smokeout.aspx

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet about 43.8 million Americans still smoke cigarettes — Nearly 1 in every 5 adults. As of 2010, there were also 13.2 million cigar smokers in the US, and 2.2 million who smoke tobacco in pipes — other dangerous and addictive forms of tobacco.

Surviving 'quit day' when quitting smoking

By Mayo Clinic News Network

Getting through 'quit day' can be emotionally and physically challenging, especially if tobacco cravings strike. Use these tips to help get through quit-smoking day:

1. Don't smoke, not even 'just one.'

2. Begin using nicotine replacement therapy if you've chosen that method.

3. Remind yourself of reasons to quit smoking.

4. Keep physically active.

5. Avoid situations and people that trigger cravings.

6. Attend a support group, counseling session or stop-smoking class.

7. Practice stress management and relaxation techniques.

8. Keep your hands busy by texting, writing, squeezing a ball or knitting.