Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the
Could This Be the First Day of a Life Without Tobacco?
Are you thinking about quitting smoking but not sure you're ready to take the plunge? Maybe the Great American Smokeout is for you. It's an opportunity to join with literally millions of other smokers in saying "no thanks" to cigarettes for 24 hours.
A Day to "Butt Out"
The Great American Smokeout traditionally takes place on the third Thursday in November. The concept dates from the early '70s when Lynn Smith, publisher of the Monticello Times of
The Rules of the Game
The rules are simple: You just quit smoking for the 24 hours of the Smokeout. The wonderful thing is that you won't be alone; you can swap advice, jokes and groans with the other "quitters," nonsmokers and the American Cancer Society volunteers who will be cheering you on. Even if you don't go on to quit permanently, you will have learned that you can quit for a day and that many others around you are taking the step, too. Contact the American Cancer Society for information on how you can participate, either as a "quitter" or as a volunteer.
Smokeout Support in
The Worcester County Health Department will distribute Quit Smoking Kits at several locations including the
, Center 4 Clean Start, Berlin Health Center , Pocomoke Health Center , and Snow Hill Health Center . Please stop by one of those locations to pick up your free Quit Smoking Kit. WACS Center
Tips to Quit
• Make a firm commitment to quit and set a date.
• Join a smoking cessation class. For more information about classes, call the
Health Department Tobacco Program at 410-632-1100 extension 1102.
• Enlist some support.
• Drink lots of water.
• Munch on low-cal snacks.
• Chew on a toothpick or cinnamon stick.
• Throw out the ash tray and cigarettes.
• Vacuum the car.
• Wash your clothes.
• Air out the house.
• Become physically active.
For more information about quitting smoking or to register for a smoking cessation class, please call the Worcester County Health Department at 410-632-1100 extension 1102 or go to http://www.worcesterhealth.org/