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Great American Smokeout 2017: Make today the day you quit smoking

Great American Smokeout 2017: Make today the day you quit smoking

November 16 is the Great American Smokeout, a tradition over 40 years old that encourages smokers to take that big step in their life.

There are more than 36 million smokers nationwide, and health experts are reminding people that tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and death in the world. "Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health, and it can add years to your life".

For many, quitting smoking is a tall mountain to climb. It's also a way for them to see that people do care about it.

CCMH's Healthy living program director, Sandy Foster says the hospital is and has been a tobacco-free campus for a while now. "So there is a motivation to quit even well into your elderly years".

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In addition to tips and resources online, the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline provides free services including text and email support and free patches, gum or lozenges. It offers help via phone or Web, along with a supplemental texting service.

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to quitting tobacco. Cravings are triggered by certain substances or situations and unfortunately for many, willpower is simply no match for their cravings over a long period of time. It's more hard to quit than heroin, crack cocaine, alcohol.

"People quit in different ways, you might have spoke to somebody and it was just easy for them to quit".

The Leah M. Fitch Cancer Center in Lawton will be handing out quit kits tomorrow. SelfHelpWorks recommends that any plans to quit smoking should make sure to address not just the physiological reasons, but also the psychological and behavioral triggers that cause the desire to smoke.


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