Thursday, November 17, is the Great American Smokeout. The American Cancer Society is marking the 36th GASO by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life - one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.
Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet more than 46 million Americans still smoke. However, more than half of these smokers have attempted to quit for at least one day in the past year. Quitting is hard, but you can increase your chances of success with help.
The Drug-Free Coalition is helping the Purdue Student Wellness Office and the Academy of Student Pharmacists encourage Purdue community members to "Be smart, don't start". We will staff tables from 10am to 2pm on the 17th in Stewart Center. Community members will be provided with smoking cessation information, and other incentives.
The Tobacco Free Partnership of Tippecanoe County is partnering with Colleges Against Cancer. Student volunteers will be outside Class of 50 building from 9am to 4pm encouraging current smokers to start their cessation journey. Volunteers will pass out cold turkey sandwiches and bags with information on tobacco cessation methods other than quitting 'cold turkey'.
Be sure to stop by these two booths if you are on campus. For more information about tobacco prevention go here.