Supporting the Great Amercian Smokeout
With the holiday season just around the corner, followed closely by a brand-new year, Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake encourages smokers to put down their cigarettes for good.
This year’s Great American Smokeout will take place November 17. Started by the American Cancer Society in 1977, the Smokeout is meant to raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco and the challenges of quitting smoking.
For anyone who’s been thinking about quitting or tried to quit before, the Great American Smokeout can be a new beginning. Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake encourages all smokers to use it as a day to make a plan to quit, or to make their plan in advance and quit that day.
Smoking is the most common cause of preventable death in the United States, responsible for nearly one in five deaths. Since the first U.S. Surgeon General’s report was published in 1964, more than 12 million people have died from smoking-related causes.
Quitting smoking is an important step toward a healthier life. According to the American Cancer Society, smokers who quit before age 50 will cut their risk of dying in the next 15 years in half. They also reduce their risk of a number of cancers, heart disease and stroke.
Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake offers online tools designs to help smokers develop a plan for quitting. Visit www.DoctorsHospitalDallas.com/QuitSmoking for more information. For a physician referral, call 800-887-2525.
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