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GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT

Take that first step
The US Surgeon General has said, “Smoking cessation [stopping smoking] represents the single most important step that smokers can take to enhance the length and quality of their lives.”

You know smoking is bad. It's still the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. On average, smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers. It’s hard to quit smoking, but you can do it.

Don't you think it's time to put and end to it?

Inside ingredients of a cigarette

Look inside a cigarette. There are over 7,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke and about 70 of those chemicals are known to cause cancer. 

Get the facts:

  • Each year tobacco use kills over 480,000 American smokers.
  • Each day, more than 3,200 people younger than 18 years of age smoke their first cigarette.
  • Smoking causes lung cancer, cancers of the lip, throat, larynx, bladder, pancreas, stomach, kidney and cervix, heart disease and stroke, emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

Need Help?
Don't go it alone. Quitting smoking is hard on your own. It often takes smokers many attempts before quitting. Maybe you have been thinking about quitting. Maybe you have already quit and have some helpful tips to share.  Maybe you are trying to quit right now. Want help quitting? Go no further than your own backyard.

Warning as it would appear on a cigarette package

NY State is doubling your chances of quitting by offering free Nicotine Replacement Patches. See if you are eligible for a free starter kit.

Take the Smoke-free Home Pledge now. The pledge is designed to protect millions of America's children from the risks of secondhand smoke in their own homes. Keeping your home and car smoke-free may not always be easy, but it is something you can do to protect children's health.

What to do when craving nicotine. The 5D’s:

  • Delay smoking when you get the urge. It will pass.
  • Drink water, chew gum or have a healthy snack to fight cravings.
  • Do something else to distract yourself. Take a walk, call a friend, keep your hands busy by doing chores or squeezing a rubber ball.
  • Deep breathing will relax you. Close your eyes and take 10 slow deep breaths or meditate.
  • Discuss your thoughts and feelings with someone close to you.