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The Great American Smokeout and Tobacco Cessation Resources

The Great American Smokeout, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, takes place on the third Thursday of November each year. On this day, smokers are encouraged to make a plan to quit or quit smoking on that day. By quitting — even for one day — smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing many health risks. Visit the American Cancer Society website for more information on the Great American Smokeout and the resources they make available for quitting.

Get the support you need to quit using tobacco today! Visit the Benefits website for more information on the tobacco cessation resources offered through your medical provider and online.

Resources commonly offered by medical providers include health education programs, telephonic health coaching and nicotine replacement therapy through prescription drug plans. Online resources can help you create a quit plan, identify both mental and physical quit methods (ex. counseling and medication), provide tools and calculators and offer additional education on tobacco use, quitting and staying tobacco free.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. Cigarette smoking kills more than 440,000 Americans each year, with an estimated 49,000 of these deaths from exposure to secondhand smoke. An estimated 43.8 million people, or 19% of all adults (aged 18 years or older), in the United States smoke cigarettes. Maryland has one of the lowest smoking rates in the country. On the other hand, the percentage of adult smokers in Baltimore City falls way above the national average (28% in 2009).

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