Great American Smokeout (11/16/2023)
- It’s never too late to quit using tobacco. The sooner you quit, the more you can reduce your chances of getting cancer and other diseases.
- Quitting smoking lowers your risk of other cancers over time as well, including cancers of the stomach, pancreas, liver, cervix, and colon and rectum, as well as acute myeloid leukemia (AML).
- Quitting smoking can also add as much as 10 years to your life, compared to if you continued to smoke.
- While the possible long-term health effects of e-cigarettes aren’t yet clear, in 2019 there were reports of serious lung disease in some people using e-cigarettes or other vaping devices.
Quitting smoking isn’t easy. It takes time. And a plan. You don’t have to stop smoking in one day. Start with day one. Let the Great American Smokeout event on the third Thursday in November be your day to start your journey toward a smoke-free life. You’ll be joining thousands of people who smoke across the country in taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing your cancer risk. Plus, the American Cancer Society can help you access the resources and support you need to quit.
Ask your health care providers or your local health department about local resources that may help. Check out the Michigan Tobacco Quitline (1-800-784-8669) that can offer free counseling to those who qualify.
For more information about the Michigan Tobacco Quitline or local resources in your area please visit https://www.livewell4health.org/tobacco-cessation or contact your local health department office.
For information about the Great American Smokeout visit https://www.cancer.org/healthy/stay-away-from-tobacco/great-american-smokeout.html