Genesee County Health Department
Better Life Through Better Health
Great American Smoke-Out
The Great American Smoke Out takes place on Thursday, November 20, 2008. Help
celebrate the 31st anniversary of the Great American Smoke Out, first held in
1977, by the American Cancer Society. During the Great American Smoke Out,
smokers are encouraged to put down their cigarettes, cigars or chewing tobacco
for 24 hours. Businesses are encouraged to go smoke free for the day. Smokers
have used this annual event as their designated quit date to stop smoking and
using other forms of tobacco for good.
According to the Prevention Research Center’s “Speak to Your Health!” Community
Survey conducted in 2007, 25% of Genesee County residents smoke. The current
smoking rate for Genesee County is higher than state and national levels.
Smoking is a major risk factor for lung cancer, heart disease, and stroke.
If you currently smoke, quitting smoking is one of the best decisions you will
ever make. Planning ahead is the most important step. Think ahead to the times
and situations you will want to smoke and determine how you will deal with them.
Make a list of things you will do to resist the urge to smoke, such as taking a
walk, breathing deeply, drinking water, taking a bath, knitting or other
activities to keep your hands busy. Anticipating problems ahead of time will
help you deal with sudden cravings. If you would like more information on stop
smoking resources contact the Genesee County Health Department at 341-5898 or
visit us on the web at www.gchd.us.