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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

smokingcessationWe all know that smoking is bad for us, but making the decision to quit - and sticking with a plan - is a very personal journey and one that often comes with pitfalls and setbacks. The good news is that there are more resources available than ever before - support groups, chat lines and social media outlets are great ways to start the process. Why not make this November 20th the first step in making a change and getting healthy?  

Here are some resources to help you along the way:  

MUSC Tobacco Treatment Program
MUSC is a national leader in tobacco research and smoking cessation programs. Our team is working to provide better education and cessation resources for all of South Carolina.

American Cancer Society - Quit for Life Program
This Facebook page acts as on online support group for those on the road to being smoke-free.   

Helping a Smoker Quit: Do's and Don'ts
If you have a friend or family member who's trying to quit smoking, try and understand how hard it is. These tips can help you draw the line between being helpful and being pushy.   

South Carolina Tobacco-Free Collaborative
Formed in 2001, the TFC is a group of leading health organizations, community coalitions, and businesses in South Carolina who are committed to reducing the toll of tobacco use in our state. Their goal is to reduce that toll.   

SmokefreeTXT
Sign up to receive encouraging text message reminders and tips

Quit Smoking Apps
There are several apps to choose from, many offering daily reminders and motivators, cost savings calculators and a running count of your smoke-free days.  Exactly how you start your journey to being smoke-free isn't as important as making the decision to start the process.

Remember - talk to your doctor, make a plan and reach out to others for support.
 

 

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