Great American Smokeout 2011

Every November, the American Cancer Society hosts the Great American Smokeout. The event, held on the third Thursday of November, encourages people who smoke to put their health first by making a commitment to quit smoking for good.  Click here to visit The American Cancer Society’s Website and learn more about The Great American Smokeout.

The Great American Smokeout Gives Arkansans

One More Reason to Quit

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (DATE) – Stamp Out Smoking encourages Arkansas tobacco users to participate in the Great American Smokeout on November 17.  The Great American Smokeout is a national cessation day held every year by the American Cancer Society, and 2011 marks the 36th year it has been recognized.  The day is selected to raise awareness on the dangers of tobacco and to help tobacco users quit, for at least one day, with the hope that they will quit for good.

“Arkansas has so many great resources to help tobacco users quit,” said [NAME], [TITLE] of [ORGANIZATION  NAME].  “The Great American Smokeout, coupled with the dangerous health effects and growing costs of tobacco, is just one more reason for Arkansans to take advantage of those resources like the Arkansas Tobacco Quitline.”

The Arkansas Tobacco Quitline, which can be reached by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW, provides free motivational counseling with a trained Quit CoachÒ and free nicotine-replacement therapy medications such as gum and patches.  The Quitline is available seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m., and services are available in English, Spanish, Marshallese and additional languages if needed.  Counseling is tailored to the specific needs of the tobacco user.  Women who are pregnant are eligible for a specialized cessation program with additional benefits.

Smoking causes coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, and doubles a person’s risk for stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  It causes cancers of the bladder, mouth, esophagus, kidney and lung, and has negative effects on reproduction and early childhood. Although nicotine is extremely addictive, quitting is possible with the proper support.

For information on additional cessation resources available in Arkansas, visit stampoutsmoking.com.  To begin tobacco cessation counseling with the Arkansas Tobacco Quitline, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW and take the first step towards freedom from tobacco.