Hurlburt celebrates 35th Great American Smokeout

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- The Hurlburt Field Health and Wellness Center is set to help the American Cancer Society mark its 35th Great American Smokeout Nov. 18.

The Great American Smokeout, which is usually held on the third Thursday of November, is intended to bring attention to the dangers of tobacco use and the challenges of quitting.

In fact, according to the American Cancer Society, one-third of cancer deaths could have been prevented if people avoided tobacco products. The good news is that smokers who quit can stay healthy and add up to eight years onto their lives.

Many of us have friends or family members who smoke, and the Great American Smokeout is a perfect time to encourage them to quit for good. Research has shown that support from loved ones is essential for anyone who wants to quit. Your emotional support and encouragement can make the difference.

Tell smokers that you know to set Nov. 18 as the day to quit or make a plan to quit smoking. The HAWC will be distributing quit tobacco gift kits that contain stress balls, gum and educational information to participants who sign up to quit tobacco for this special day.

Nonsmokers can join the fight against tobacco too. Friends and family members may also receive quit tobacco gift kits to give to smokers. Together we will save lives and help people stay well.

For more information, contact the HAWC at 884-4292. Other support information, tools and tips can be found at http://www.cancer.org/GreatAmericans or www.youcanquit2.org.