November 15, 2012
Do you consider yourself one of the nearly 70% of tobacco users who want to quit?1 If so, FDA invites you to join the American Cancer Society’s 37th Great American Smokeout on November 15.
This annual event aligns with one of FDA’s key goals to encourage those already addicted to tobacco products to quit. With the regulation of tobacco products, the federal government, for the first time, brings previously unavailable, science-based information on its dangers to light. For example, FDA will be publishing new information about harmful and potentially harmful chemicals (HPHCs) in tobacco products to further educate Americans of the dangers of tobacco use. We have already published a list of HPHCs that includes chemicals such as carbon monoxide, lead and mercury.
Review the Facts on Tobacco Use
There are so many great reasons to quit; here are some facts about the dangers of tobacco to help you:
- More than 1,200 people die each day in the United States from smoking – that is one person every 71 seconds.2
- The health consequences of tobacco use include heart disease, multiple types of cancer, lung disease, adverse reproductive effects, and the exacerbation of other chronic health conditions. In fact, a third of all cancer deaths in the United States are linked to tobacco use.3
- Smoking causes more than 85% of lung cancers and causes disease in every organ system of the body.3
Make a Plan to Quit
Celebrate this Great American Smokeout by making a plan to quit and joining the millions of people who successfully live tobacco-free. Find a friend or family member to join your quest, and spread the word that it’s never too late to quit! These credible resources can also help you quit and stay quit!
- Call 1-800-QUITNOW (1.800.784.8669)
- Instant message quitting specialists that can provide live online help
- Follow the Step-by-Step Quit Guide provided by Smokefree.gov
- Visit the You Can Quit Smoking resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Remember, it’s never too late to quit, but the benefits are larger the earlier in life one quits. So it is important to keep trying until you are successful in quitting permanently. You can learn more about quitting by exploring BeTobaccoFree.gov.
Spread the Word
- Email the Great American Smokeout
- Tell friends on Facebook about the Great American Smokeout!
- Tell your Twitter followers to Celebrate the Great American Smokeout by quitting tobacco today!
1 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Quitting Smoking Among Adults – United States 2001 -- 2010. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office on Smoking and Health, November 11, 2011.
2 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Smoking-Attributable Mortality, Years of Potential Life Lost, and Productivity Losses—United States, 2000–2004. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Page 1. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office on Smoking and Health, 2004.
3 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2004.