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Great American Smokeout: It’s Not Just Quitting for a Day

November 17, 2011

DES MOINES, Iowa - Thirty-six years ago, the American Cancer Society began setting aside a day each year when smokers could try quitting the habit for just a single day. It has become one of the organization's most successful promotions.

The Great American Smokeout originally was designed to show smokers how much better they would feel if they could stop smoking for just one day. Chuck Reed with the Iowa chapter of the American Cancer Society says now the event is designed to allow smokers to lay the groundwork to end their tobacco addiction.

"Not only is this a great day not to smoke in just that 24-hour period, but it's also a great day to make a plan to quit smoking for good and live a healthier, better life."

Reed says smokers who try to quit cold turkey have about a 5-percent success rate. Those who get help from the American Cancer Society and from Quitline Iowa have a much better success rate, he adds.

"If you reach out, get some counseling and add in some nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) - the patches and gums and things like that - your chances of quitting for good rise up to 40 percent."

Poll after poll of smokers shows they want to quit, he says. The most recent poll by the Centers for Disease Control indicates 70 percent of today's smokers want to give up the habit.

The smoking Quitline is 1-800-QuitNow (1-800-784-8669).

Dick Layman, Public News Service - IA