The state Health Department is urging Alabamians to participate in Thursday’s 28th annual Great American Smokeout.
The American Cancer Society is calling on smokers to go cold turkey for at least 24 hour, in hopes it will be the first of many cigarette-free days.
Health officials say seven-thousand Alabamians die each year from tobacco use and another one-thousand die from exposure to secondhand smoke.
Statistics show about 70 percent of smokers want to quit and 35 percent try to each year. However, less than five percent succeed.
Alabamians who want to kick the habit can also call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for free counseling services.
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The Great American Smokeout: Thursday, Nov. 18
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Source: www.cancer.org (American Cancer Society Web site) contributed to this report.
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