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      The Great American Smokeout

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      Thursday is the 37th Annual Great American Smokeout.

      Thisevent encourages smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit or to even quitsmoking for the day.

      In2011, it was estimated that more than 43 million Americans still smokedcigarettes even though nearly half had attempted to quit smoking.

      Quittingis hard, but getting help through counseling or medications can double ortriple the chances of quitting.

      Evenone day of not smoking is taking a step toward a healthier life.

      Quittingsmoking has immediate benefits to health at any age including reduced risk forheart disease and certain cancers.

      Tolearn more about the available tools and increase your chances of quittingsuccessfully, contact the American Cancer Society by going to www.cancer.org.

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