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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Tobacco Products

Celebrate World Health Day on April 7


April 6, 2012


April 7 is World Health Day disclaimer icon , a day to join millions of people around the world who make the active choice to live a healthy lifestyle.  This year’s theme, Ageing and Health, focuses on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.  Celebrate this special day by making a plan to quit smoking, or encourage someone who smokes to quit.


  • Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of death and disease in the U.S.
  • Smoking causes more than 85% of lung cancers and can cause cancer almost anywhere in the body.
  • More than 1,200 people die each day in the U.S. because of cigarette use – that is one person every 71 seconds.
  • Among current U.S. adult smokers, approximately 69% report they want to quit completely.
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Resources to Quit

Increase your chance to quit smoking with free, evidence-based information and support from our federal partners.

  • 1-800-QUIT-NOW: A free, phone-based service with educational materials and coaches that can help you quit smoking or chewing tobacco.
  • Smoking Cessationdisclaimer icon CDC 2012 feature on quitting smoking this year.
  • Smokefree.govdisclaimer icon The federal site dedicated to helping you quit.
  • Quit Tobacco: disclaimer icon Make Everyone Proud: For military personnel and their families.
  • Quit Smokingdisclaimer icon Guides to help you quit smoking.
  • Tobacco Cessationdisclaimer icon You Can Quit Smoking Now!: From the Surgeon General.
  • You Can Quit Smokingdisclaimer icon CDC consumer guide. 




View all past FDA Tobacco feature articles here

Posted April 6, 2012