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38th Annual Great American Smokeout

By Florida Department of Health, Office of Communications

November 01, 2013

Tobacco Free Florida Celebrates the 38th Annual Great American Smokeout

The 38th annual Great American Smokeout, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, challenges smokers to plan in advance to quit smoking on November 21, or to use the day to set a quit plan. Tobacco Free Florida is celebrating this event by encouraging Floridians to commit to being tobacco-free for 24 hours and to start a plan to quit for good.

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease and premature death. Each year in Florida, an estimated 28,600 adults die from their own smoking. For every person who dies from smoking, another 20 suffer from one or more serious smoking-related illnesses.

But there is good news: there are more former smokers than current smokers in the state. Successfully quitting means adapting to a new way of life and changing everyday rituals that once involved tobacco, such as taking coffee breaks, the drive to and from work, time after a meal, outings with friends, and more.

On the Great American Smokeout, relax and enjoy your morning coffee at an indoor café that doesn’t allow smoking. Keep your cigarettes in the trunk of your car and drive a new, scenic way to work to distract you from wanting to smoke. Go for a walk after dinner instead of smoking a cigarette.

DOUBLE YOUR CHANCES of quitting with Tobacco Free Florida’s 3 Easy & Free Ways to Quit. Visit Tobacco Free Florida for more information.

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