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: