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Great American Smokeout

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Every year, the American Cancer Society sponsors the Great American Smokeout (ACS). It occurs on the third Thursday in November. This social engineering campaign aims to get Americans to stop smoking. In order to make their commitment to quitting smoking permanently, people are encouraged to refrain from smoking for at least 24 hours.

Currently, roughly 1 in 5 Americans—more than 43 million people—smoke cigarettes. The Great American Smokeout evolved from a number of smaller-scale events that happened in the 1970s.

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On November 18, 1976, the first Great American Smokeout took place in California. Nearly 1 million people quit smoking on that day, according to the ACS office in California. In 1977, the event gained national acclaim. People quit smoking by a variety of methods. There are two options: abruptly and completely giving up, or gradually tapering back. Some people need alternatives and distractions to regulate their desires, while others need specific drugs. Regardless of the methods, you decide to use, the Great American Smokeout is the perfect time to start. Of course, if you’ve already decided to stop smoking, you don’t have to wait until November.

History of Great American Smokeout

  • On November 16, 1977, in San Francisco’s Union Square, a series of small initiatives culminated in the first Great American Smokeout.
  • Arthur P. Mullaney suggested in 1970 that people forgo smoking for a single day and contribute the money saved to a local high school. It was proposed in Randolph, Massachusetts.
  • In Monticello, Minnesota, a “Don’t Smoke Day” was established in 1974 by Lynn R. Smith of the Monticello Times.
  • The California Chapter of the American Cancer Society was successful in persuading approximately a million smokers to give up their habit on November 18

It challenges smokers to quit cigarettes

Every year, this social engineering event aims to convince Americans to stop smoking. In an effort to persuade them to give up cigarettes permanently, The Great American Smokeout urges smokers to abstain for a whole day.

  • One day of smoking cessation provides benefits. After just 20 minutes without smoking, the heart rate drops. The same is true with blood pressure. Twelve hours after the final cigarette, the body will release the carbon monoxide.
  • Things are off to a great start. Your risk of a heart attack, heart disease, and stroke starts to decrease if you survive the first day. Continue after just one day.
  • After two days, the taste and fragrance start to improve. That’s because your nerve damage from the smoke is being corrected.
  • Day three may be difficult. Because your body is losing the nicotine, withdrawal symptoms may start to manifest. Yet you can make it work.
  • After a month, you could find that breathing is easier. The coughing has subsided. Your breathing might be clearer.

Why American Smokeoutis important

  • The Great American Smokeout promotes public awareness of the dangers of tobacco usage and provides helpful tips for quitting. It also offers a comfortable place for friends and family to talk about tobacco usage and how to quit smoking.
  • The Great American Smokeout creates community support for quitting smoking while also increasing awareness of the negative effects of smoking. To find people online who are trying to quit smoking, search for the hashtag #GreatAmericanSmokeout.
  • The American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout website provides resources, news, and articles on the effort to quit smoking. Smokers can find inspiration and guidance to increase their chances of quitting effectively.

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