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Great American Smokeout Day
November 18

By Sarah Lane
Nov 18, 2004, 09:18 PST


Great American Smokeout Day 2004

Alcohol and Drug Awareness

Great American Smokeout Day falls on Thursday, November 18, 2004. This year marks the 28th anniversary of this event. Every year on the third Thursday in November the American Cancer Society sponsors this event to get people to quit smoking cigarettes for 24 hours or hopefully longer. In the United States, an estimated 25.0 million men (25.7 percent) and 22.6 million women (21.5 percent) are smokers. This is according to the latest estimates from the American Heart Association. If you or someone you know smokes, this would be a good time to remind them how much you love them and be supportive of all attempts at quitting. Check out the informative websites below for more information and suggestions for quitting smoking.

American Cancer Society
Every year volunteers and staff of the American Cancer Society (ACS) hold the Great American Smokeout to encourage smokers to quit for the day, with hopes they will quit forever. Learn all about the event, get pamphlets and brochures, and get help mapping out a method that will make it easier for you or someone you know to quit. Find community events in your area that support this cause.
Source:       American Cancer Society

American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is dedicated to fighting Heart Disease and Stroke. Read through this page of cigarette smoking statistics to get a grip on the current situation of smokers over 18 years of age. Link to many more important resources at the bottom of the page.
Source:       American Heart Association

ADA Dental Minute
This is just one more example of how important it is to quit smoking.
Source:       American Dental Association

Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
Did you know the average smoker spends $700 a year on cigarettes? Get some hip tips for quitting here... it’s easier than you think!

Reality Check
The Reality Check campaign seeks to highlight the need for people to not only stop smoking tobacco, but to also put an end to marijuana use. Get the scoop here.

Quit Smoking
Decide on a plan of action, prepare, and succeed. Find a multitude of products to help you or someone you know to quit smoking.

Quit Smoking Support
Double your chances of quitting, prevent the next generation from starting, and visit numerous resources in conjunction with the Great American Smokeout.

Anti-Smoking Letter Writing Campaign
This is an excellent lesson plan where students will explore arguments against smoking and write letters encouraging a friend not to smoke.
Source:       Family Education Network

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