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Great American Smokeout Day
Cause
No Smoking!

When: Third Monday of November

Where: United States

Traditional Celebration Ideas

Talk with a loved one or have a conversation with yourself about the dangers and health risks associated with smoking and stop.

Numbers

According the the CDC, Cigarette smoking is responsible for over 450,000 deaths a year in the United States,  of those approximately 40,000  result from secondhand smoke exposure. 

Description

As negative health effects of smoking become more and more apparent, people have started the positive trend to quit the addictive habit of smoking. In 1977 The American Cancer Society even created a day to bring awareness and celebrate the act of stop smoking to prevent cancer.  Many restaurants and commercial establishments in 2020 have continued efforts to reduce or eliminate the areas where patrons are allowed to smoke.  This increased prohibition of smoking in public places, restaurants etc, is welcomed by those educated on the horrible health side effects of inhaling second hand smoke. Although a very addictive habit, it is possible to quit and the most common method is going "cold turkey" or making the decision to just totally stopping for good rather than make a plan to quit in phases.  In recent years, and the result of numerous lawsuits, cigarette manufacturers have had to include rather unflattering photos, advertisements that illustrate the dangers of smoking as well as mandatory surgeon generals warning that smoking can cause cancer.  Today is a day to remember your health and stop destructive habits such as smoking.

Interesting Facts

  1. One in five deaths every year are recorded as a result of smoking, about 1,300 deaths every day.
  2. On average, smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers.
  3. Approximately 8 million people in the United States have suffered at least 1 serious illness caused by smoking.
  4. Over 1 billion pounds of butts are created as trash each year.
  5. Unfortunately smoking in the United States is still a big problem, everyday about 200 young adults start smoking.

Information

Observed:
  • Third Monday of November
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