Smoking is a habit many American woman strive to eliminate from a daily routine and habit. For many women, the Great American Smoke Out marks a day for rejuvenation and beginning of a new chapter in life and in health. While some women succeed while others fail, the day is simply one in which all Americans strive to avoid smoking for, at least, a 24 hour period. Committed to a smoking cessation program will improve not only a woman’s health but the health of family, the environment and improve finances.
Recognized each year in November, the Great American Smoke Out is an annual event in which the American Cancer Society promotes and encourages smoking cessation on a variety of levels, each unique to the American choosing to kick the smoking habit. From a variety of books, tapes, telephone support groups, the American Cancer Society has established unique methods for assisting individuals, especially women, in a smoking cessation program. While some methods are straight forward “reality” checks, others offer promotion through subliminal methods. For the American Cancer Society, the promotion of smoking cessation is the goal; the methods, opportunties and rewards are endless.
Traditionally held on the third Thursday of each November, The Great American Smoke Out lends its history to the 1970s when the concept was practiced in a small U.S. town. From there, the concept grew and was recognized as a national event in the late 1970s. It is on this day that many Americans, of both genders and all ages, will choose to cease smoking for 24 hours, in exchange for other life fulfilling activities and treats. In various town across America, men and women, alike, diligently move through the day without a cigarette in hopes of kicking a life impacting habit. As a promotion on this day, many businesses will offer free food, entertainment and incentives in exchange for the smokers cigarettes. For some, the Great American Smoke Out is successful opportunity to end a habit which has not only impacted health negatively but also impacted the household finances.
For women, the Great American Smoke Out is an opportunity to improve health especially in women with pre-existing visual complications and in women who currently use birth control pills. With the added advantage of improving life span, women who are pregnant or who care for children should use this day to begin a smoking cessation program to ensure the improved health and life span of their children, both life and unborn.
For more information regarding the Great American Smoke Out, information on smoking cessation programs and the activites in your local communicty, visit www.quitsmoking.com or www.cancer.org. This November, make a decision to quit a habit with the support of millions of Americans around you.