Great American Smokeout is November 20: Make a Plan to Quit

Tuesday, 04 November 2008

Every November, smokers across the country take the first step toward giving up cigarettes by participating in the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Great American Smokeout. With all the resources available to help smokers quit, there has never been a better time to quit smoking and enjoy the health benefits. Do your part and commit to smoking less or quitting completely on November 20.

If you smoke, make a quit plan and set a quit date. The Great American Smokeout provides an ideal time to take this step. The ACS provides many resources to help you with setting your quit date, developing your quit plan, dealing with withdraw, and staying quit. Find these resources and much more at

There are also many other resources to help you stop smoking. The ACS has developed the Quitline®, a clinically proven, free telephone-based counseling program, at 1-800-ACS-2345. You may want to consult with your healthcare provider about the various smoking cessation medications available. Additional online resources include: Heart-Healthy Firefighter Resource Guide;; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Cancer Institute; My Time to Quit; American Lung Association; American Heart Association; U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Tips on smoking cessation are available in this issue of the Heart-Healthy Firefighter E-news. Learn more about how you can quit smoking and adopt and maintain an all-around heart-healthy lifestyle at



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