CAI Helps Tackle Tobacco Use Through the 38th Annual Great American Smokeout

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Statewide Quit Events Promote National Day of Action
(New York, NY) The Great American Smokeout is in its 38th year, but tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable disease and death in New York. On this annual day of action, CAI's Tobacco Control Training Project (TCTP) is working with tobacco contractors across New York State to offer smokers the resources and support to make today their quit day.
Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, the Great American Smokeout falls on the third Thursday of November each year and hundreds of Smokeout events are planned for today across New York State.
"Quitting smoking is the single most important step anyone can take to reduce their risk of cancer," said Stan Martin, CAI's Director of Tobacco Control. The American Cancer Society estimates that 60 percent of cancers could be avoided if people stopped using tobacco.[1]
While New York State has seen a significant drop in its smoking rate, thanks to initiatives like the Clean Indoor Air Act, higher tobacco taxes, and the state's comprehensive tobacco control program, tobacco use still kills more than 25,000 New Yorkers each year. "Nearly 70 percent of current US smokers want to quit," Martin said, "and today is a great opportunity to learn about the many free quit resources and join thousands of others by going tobacco-free for 24 hours."
TCTP supported Smokeout events across New York State are designed to not only raise awareness about the devastating impact of tobacco but to also to promote cessation, decrease the social acceptability of tobacco use, and prevent initiation of tobacco use among youth and young adults.
Free personalized quit plans can be obtained by contacting the New York State Smokers' Quitline at 1-866-NY-QUITS or http://www.nysmokefree.com
[1]American Cancer Society, The Cancer Burden in New York State, July 2012