Great American Smokeout is November 19: Quit Today for a Healthier Tomorrow
|Wednesday, 04 November 2009|
NVFC Partners With Pfizer to Officer Smoking Cessation Tools, Resources
You’ve heard the reasons that smoking is bad for you: increased risk of heart disease and certain cancers; potential lung disease; loss of smell and taste. But maybe you have found it difficult to select your quit date and take the steps to become smoke-free. The American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Great American Smokeout, held this year on November 19, is an annual event which encourages smokers nationwide to quit smoking. Take advantage of the resources and support available and make November 19 the first day of your life as a non-smoker.
Since its inception in 2003, the National Volunteer Fire Council’s (NVFC) Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program has provided resources and information to help firefighters quit smoking. Now, the NVFC has partnered with Pfizer Inc. to develop an in-depth smoking cessation program for firefighters. The program was piloted in North Carolina earlier this year and will be launched nationwide with an interactive web site in 2010. Stay tuned to the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program web site for more information.
Find resources to help you set your quit date, develop a plan, and deal with withdrawal at www.cancer.org/docroot/subsite/greatamericans/smokeout.asp. Additional online resources include: Heart-Healthy Firefighter Resource Guide; smokefree.gov; 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.