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Major campaign against smoking to celebrate 35 years

Posted On Thu, November 11, 2010

Numerous organizations are fighting to get the word out about the dangers of smoking and trying to get those who picked up the habit to quit. The American Cancer Society is one such organization.

The ACS will be holding its 35th Great American Smokeout this month in an attempt to get people to permanently put out their cigarettes. In addition to harming their health, those who smoke frequently get charged higher life insurance premiums because the habit has been heavily associated with serious, life-shortening conditions.

National volunteer president for the ACS Dr. Edward Partridge says support systems such as the Great American Smokeout can provide the assistance people need.

"Quitting smoking is a very important step in reducing cancer risk, as tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and death in the U.S.," says Partridge.

The website smokefree.gov offers a variety of tips to help smokers combat the urge to light up. For example, they suggest that whenever a person thinks smoking a cigarette will help alleviate a craving, they should remind themselves that smoking will only refuel the urge to start again.

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