Thursday, November 19, 2015 is the Great American Smokeout. Get ready to lose the habit, and become victorious over tobacco. The American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event is your chance to triumph over addiction. Every November, we set aside the third Thursday to encourage smokers to go the distance, and to finally give up smoking.

About 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. As of 2013, there were also 12.4 million cigar smokers in the US, and over 2.3 million who smoke tobacco in pipes — other dangerous and addictive forms of tobacco.

By quitting — even for one day — you will be taking an important step toward a healthier life — one that can lead to reducing your cancer risk. It’s a race for your health, and it starts November 19. That’s the day that quitters win. #QuitLikeAChampion.

It's hard to quit tobacco.

Research shows that smokers are most successful in kicking the habit when they have support, such as:

  • Telephone smoking-cessation hotlines
  • Stop-smoking groups
  • Online quit groups
  • Counseling
  • Nicotine replacement products
  • Prescription medicine to lessen cravings
  • Guide books
  • Encouragement and support from friends and family members

Using 2 or more of these measures to quit smoking works better than using any one of them alone. For example, some people use a prescription medicine along with nicotine replacement. Other people may use as many as 3 or 4 of the methods listed above.

Want some tips for quitting? The American Cancer Society offers a Guide to Quitting Smoking.

And if you have friends or family who are trying to quit, help them out by reading these Do's and Don'ts for helping smokers quit.

MUSC also offers resources for those who want to quit.  You’ll find links to tips from former smokers, links to videos and even information about cessation classes.

Does it take more to make you want to quit?  How about a "Quit and Win" contest with cash prizes? MUSC and several community partners are sponsoring this contest In January of 2016.

Whatever it takes to get you to quit, we want to help! #QuitLikeAChampion