Make a great American smokeout the first day of tobacco-free life

Make a great American smokeout the first day of tobacco-free life

In support of the Great American Smokeout, the Louisiana Department of Health’s Behavioral Health Service urges smokers to consider smoking on Thursday, Nov. 18, 221 The event, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, encourages smokers to depart from cigarettes in 24 hours. with hope of judgment to lead the rest of his life. This year’s theme is: “You shouldn’t stop smoking in one day. Starts one day.”

The Big American Smokeout, first started in 1977, was held annually on Thursday of November. Each year the event draws attention to preventing deaths and chronic illnesses caused by smoking. The day is being watched by millions of people who are celebrating other smokers by joining and spending a day without smoke, holding events and seminars to teach people about the negative effects of smoking, or by sharing and spreading knowledge on social media so that everyone can learn more. .

In Louisiana, smoking statistics are staggered;

  • 7, 200 Louisiana adults die of smoking each year.
  • Smoking causes about 9 out of all 10 lung cancer deaths and 8 out of 10 of all deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • Lung cancer is the most deadly cancer in Louisiana, causing nearly a third of cancer deaths in Louisiana.
  • In Louisiana, 39% of adults who are related to COPD, emphysema and chronic bronchitis smoke cigarettes.
  • Smokers are more likely than nonsmokers to develop heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer.
  • Cigarette smoking has more than 480,000 deaths per year in the US, included more than 41,000 deaths from second smoking. This is about 1 in 5 deaths each year, or 1,300 smokers every day.
  • On average, smokers die 10 years earlier than non-smokers.
For more information about smoking in Louisiana, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit www.quitwithusla.org.

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