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SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – Quitting tobacco starts with Day 1. The Snohomish Health District is joining other partners across the country to urge smokers to make November 15 their “Day 1.”
The American Cancer Society has hosted the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November for more than 40 years. Smoking remains the largest preventable cause of death and illness. Each year, more than 480,000 deaths in the U.S. are caused by smoking, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Quitting tobacco is the single greatest thing you can do for your health,” said Juliet D'Alessandro, a healthy communities specialist with the Health District. “The Great American Smokeout is an opportunity to make a plan, or encourage your friends and family to quit smoking.”
Here are 15 reasons to quit smoking during the 43rd Great American Smokeout:
It’s a difficult addiction to beat, but resources such as telephone quit lines and support from loved ones make it more manageable. Anyone thinking about quitting can call 1-800-784-8669.
The Snohomish Health District works for a safer and healthier community through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats. To read more about the District and for important health information, visit www.snohd.org.