November 17th is a day to toss the lighters put away the ashtrays and quit smoking for good. Mike Lefler is the spokesman for the American Cancer Society, Nebraska region and says third Thursday of November means it is the Great American Smokout.
Lefler says the American Cancer Society has many tools and tips to help smokers beat the habit and he directs people to their website, cancer.org/smokeout for the latest in information to help those wanting to quit. Those wanting more information can also call 800 -227-2345 for smoking secession information.
This is the 36th year of the Great American Smokeout. Lefler says it is a fact that smoking is attributed to 13 different types of cancer and quitting can dramatically lower the risk of becoming a victim.
Lefler says thousands of people have used the Great American Smokout to start their journey of being tobacco free. A recent national study shows 70% of smokers have identified themselves as those wanting to quit. He says their job is to provide the resources to help them be successful.