The Great American Smokeout – “Put Away Your Cigarette for This Day!”

Put away cigarettes at least for a single day, and maybe you will not want to light up again. This message was sent by anti-smoking organization as they celebrate the 35th Annual Great American Smokeout.

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It was estimated that more than 400,000 Americans die every year from smoking related diseases, as for instance lung cancer. While Nebraska’s population constitutes 1.8 million, about 2,000 Nebraskans die each year from smoking-related diseases. It was proved long ago that smoking is a real killer and it still continues to be a multibillion dollar industry.

Current decision implemented by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) to place health warning labels on cigarette packs will be an essential knock over the head, according to Community Connections Tobacco Free Lincoln County Coordinator Megan Shelton.

“People and most of all children are usually too visual. I can run on for hours about the consequences and dangers of smoking, but these graphic packages will be especially effective for those children who are thinking about trying to smoke and also for those who expose themselves and those around them to those dangers by smoking tobacco products,” she stated.

Shelton said that the Great American Smokeout was quite effective in increasing awareness to these problems.

“The problem with tobacco consumption is something that will not hurt anyone. You are not going to smoke one cigarette and have a smoking related disease that day. It is a process that takes time, that is why such a day as the Great American Smokeout is a day that is aimed to encourage people to kick their habit and increase the awareness about the consequences of smoking and the harm that is caused to those who use this dangerous product,” Ms. Shelron said.

Ms. Shelron stated that she hopes that namely this day people will mark as the beginning of a new life, a life where there is no place for tobacco. Also this day is very important in continuing to inform and educate people on tobacco dangers.

The American Cancer Society and the Nebraska Department of Health have a common message for the Great American Smokeout which is “Less smoking, more birthdays”.

“Stopping smoking is probably one of the best things a person can do in order to improve his/her health. I think that The Great American Smokeout is an excellent chance to make the first step in this direction,” declared Dr. Joann Schaefer, the state’s Chief Medical Officer.

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