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Want to quit smoking? There’s an app for that.

Did you know? After one year of not smoking, a former smoker's excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a continuing smoker. 

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), about 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. The third Thursday of November every year is recognized as the Great American Smokeout — a day set aside to give extra encouragement and support to people who want to quit smoking — which takes place on Thursday, Nov. 19 this year.

Quitting smoking is incredibly difficult, so when you think you're ready to transition to a tobacco-free life, be sure to arm yourself with tools to help you succed. Here are some you might consider:

  • Take the readiness quiz to determine if you are ready to quit smoking.
  • Select your quit date and download the smokeout countdown clock to receive daily tips right on your desktop that will help you prepare to quit. 
  • Download a free app that's designed to help you quit. Click here to read a blog post from ACS with specific app suggestions. 
  • Visit the Kansas Tobacco Quitline online at KSquit.org or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) for information and free one-on-one coaching to help you quit.
  • Read the ACS guide to quitting smoking.