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Kristin Hayes, R.N.

Make November 15th Your Smoking Quit Date

By October 31, 2012

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There are a lot of changes in the way cigarettes are being packaged this year. Despite lawsuits against the FDA, the United States has decided to join other countries in making a lot of noise in anti-smoking campaigns. Why? Smoking is the largest force behind preventable deaths in the United States. As a nation, we sink so much money into healthcare-related costs as a result of smokers. Yes, just because you don't smoke doesn't mean that you aren't at risk for smoking-related diseases because of those around you. If you are a smoker, make this year's 37th annual Great American Smokeout on November 15th your date to give up smoking and embrace your health.

Habits are hard to break, but you can do it. There are more resources to help you stop smoking than there has ever been before in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, as of 2010, 13.2 million people smoked cigars with an additional 2.2 million pipe users. But this doesn't even compare to the more than 45 million cigarette smokers in the past year.

Are you one of the Americans that attempted to quit smoking this year? Estimates show that more than 22 million people quit for at least 1 day this year. That is great! But don't stop know. Rededicate yourself to quitting and join the American Cancer Society in reducing cancer around the world. Smoking increases your risk and the risk of others for all types of cancer. Smoking also causes many different type of disorders of the ear nose and throat including unexplained coughs, ear infections, sore throats, voice loss and hoarseness. Stopping today can help reduce the effects of many of these problems.

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