What is the Great American Smokeout?

The Great American Smokeout was started by the American Cancer Society in 1977. It was and is an experiment to encourage smokers to quit for 24 hours on the third Wednesday in November. It was started with the hopes that a 24-hour smoking cessation period would encourage smokers to quit permanently. If you're a smoker, this is a great time to quit along with thousands of others.
The Great American Smokeout (GASO), sponsored by the American Cancer Society, takes place every year on the third Thursday of November. It was established to encourage smokers to not smoke on that day and to make plans to quit smoking for good.

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Each November, the American Cancer Society hosts the Great American Smokeout. Listen as Dr. Maria Lopez Howell explains why quitting smoking can improve your health -- and your smile.


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Smoking tobacco products can lead to severe health problems and even death. While quitting smoking can be very difficult for some smokers, there are smoking cessation programs and medications that can help smokers quit. There are ...

many lifelong benefits of doing so, like increased lung function and decreased risk of heart disease and cancer. Understanding the importance of quitting smoking and all options available to help stop smoking is key to long-term success.

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