About 36.5 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world. While cigarette smoking rates have dropped (from 42% in 1965 to 15.1% in 2015), cigar, pipe, and hookah – other dangerous and addictive ways to smoke tobacco – are very much on the rise. Smoking kills people – there’s no “safe” way to smoke tobacco.
Quitting is hard, but people can increase their chances of success with help. The American Cancer Societyhas information about the steps people can take to quit smoking and provide quit-smoking programs, resources, and support that can increase the chances of quitting successfully.
You can find many resources to recognize the Great American Smokeout at the American Cancer Society website.