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Great American Smokeout

A really great event is happening soon!  November 17, 2011 is the Great American Smokeout.  Casual acceptance of smoking was the norm when the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout went nationwide more than 25 years ago in November 1977.  This quarter century has marked dramatic changes in the way society views tobacco promotion and tobacco use.  Many public places and work areas are now smoke-free which protects non-smokers and supports smokers who want to quit.

The Great American Smokeout helps to spotlight the dangers of tobacco use and the challenges of quitting, but more importantly, it has set the stage for the cultural revolution in tobacco control that has occurred.

Because of the efforts of individuals and groups that have led anti-tobacco efforts, there have been significant landmarks in the areas of research, policy, and the environment.  Smoking is expensive, not in the terms of dollars spent on supplies, but in the billions of dollars involved in the health care of those who suffer smoking and tobacco related cancers.

Contact your State Department of Public Health to find out more about helping to fight the burden of cancer in your community.