People urged to quit smoking today for “Great American Smoke Out”

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Thursday marks the American Cancer Society’s 37th Annual “Great American Smokeout.”

Today, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout. GASO is a day for smokers to quit for the day, set their quitting goals, or say goodbye to tobacco forever. It’s also a time to raise awareness during National Lung Cancer Awareness Month to warn about the dangers of smoking.

According to the American Cancer Society, tobacco is the largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S. They also say people who quit, regardless of age, live longer than people who continue to smoke.

The ACS says cigarette smoking is the biggest risk factor for developing lung cancer and accounts for 80% of all lung cancer deaths.

According to the ACS, more than half of all smokers attempt to quit and over two-thirds say they would like to quit.

Here are 13 Tips for quitting smoking (from Web MD).

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