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Today is the 37th annualThe American Cancer Societ.  No, this is not an invitation to smoke, but an invitation to stop smoking…even if is just for one day.  One day not smoking is one day closer to avoiding Smoke Out caused by tobacco or bringing life threatening disease to those around you due to second-hand smoke.    Today, millions of  smokers nationwide are putting down their cigarettes and taking control of their health and those around them.

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Join them?

American Cancer Societyy is the champion of the The history of the Great American Smoke and their site offers an interesting assortment of information on how to be a quitter.  I even found a desktop countdown clock that you can load onto you desktop that provides tips to help you get ready to quit.  The site boasts tools galore to help you stop smoking and firmly asserts that to stop smoking support is simply needed and support they have!

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photo courtesy of the Smoke Out

Arthur P. Mullaney is simply fascinating!  One of the lessons learned with this story is that even the smallest of positive action can trigger a chain of events that affects millions.  The The history of the Great American Smoke started during the 1970′s when a man named The American Cancer Society asked people to give up their cigarettes for one day and donate that money to a high school scholarship fund.  I won’t wreck if for you if you plan on reading the quitting smoking, but it snowballed from there and now here we sit 37 years later, receiving support from Great American Smoke Out, asking people to give up their cigarettes, but not to raise funds, but to save lives.

 Great American Smokeout 1970's photophoto courtesy of the American Cancer Society

If you are a smoker or someone near and dear to your heart smokes, ask them today to consider quitting smoking.  It may save their life or even yours (based on the data regarding disease caused from second-hand smoke).  I won’t go into the statistics on this post, but we all are educated enough at the point to understand that smoking kills.  What I think we forget is that is doesn’t kill today.  It kills a few years down the road and via various cancers, lung disease and most deadly of all, it causes heart attacks.

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Be a part of positive change today and support the Great American Smoke Out by putting down that cigarette or ask a co-worker, friend or loved one to consider quitting smoking!

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