Great American Smokeout

Nov 15, 2012 4:00pm


Great American Smokeout 2012

The American Cancer Society is marking the 37th Great American Smokeout on November 15 by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet more than 45 million Americans still smoke cigarettes. However, more than half of these smokers have attempted to quit for at least one day in the past year.

Tips for Quitting:

The decision to quit smoking is one that only you can make.

Picking a Quit Day and making a plan

Tell friends and family about your Quit Day.

Get rid of all the cigarettes and ashtrays in your home, car, and at work.

Think back to your past attempts to quit. Try to figure out what worked and what did not work for you.

Keep active — try walking, exercising, or doing other activities or hobbies.

Drink lots of water and avoid sugar and fatty foods.

Begin using nicotine replacement if that is your choice and follow package directions.


Ask your primary Doctor and tell about your plan to quit. Ask for information on cessation options.

Visit – Quitline Iowa is a free Telephone based counseling service. Counselors will help you develop a quit plan and work through cravings. The website offers many services such as a Readiness Quiz, How much money will you save quitting tool, and success stories.

Visit – The American Cancer Society has several tips and tools to help you quit smoking.

Helping a Smoker Quit: Do’s and Don’ts

Do respect that the quitter is in charge. This is their lifestyle change and their challenge, not yours.

Do let the person know that it’s OK to talk to you whenever they need to hear encouraging words.

Do celebrate along the way. Quitting smoking is a BIG DEAL!

Don’t doubt the smoker’s ability to quit. Your faith in them reminds them they can do it.

Don’t take the quitter’s grumpiness personally during their nicotine withdrawal. Tell them that you understand the symptoms are real and remind them that they won’t last forever. The symptoms usually get better in about 2 weeks

Open House:

Join GRADE A PLUS and the Des Moines County Tobacco Free Coalition in an Open House. We’ll have tips and information on quitting smoking and refreshments. Thursday, Nov. 15 from 4-6 pm in the GRADE A PLUS Office, located in the lower level of the Center for Rehab at Great River Medical Center.

Information from: Quitline Iowa Website and the American Cancer Society Website

Visit: The Des Moines County Tobacco Free Coalition at


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