The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting — even for one day — 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 about 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes — a bit under 1 in every 5 adults. As of 2012, there were also 13.4 million cigar smokers in the US, and 2.3 million who smoke tobacco in pipes — other dangerous and addictive forms of tobacco.

See our quitting resources and information.


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Some good dates might be:

January 1
Your child’s birthday
An anniversary

Once you’ve picked a day to quit, mark your calendar.

Announce the date to your family,
co-workers and friends.

Three million people in the U.S. quit
smoking every year. You can be one of them. Go for it!

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A good quit-smoking program can help a person quit smoking by providing support and encouragement.

Programs available for you to attend-in-person, by telephone, or online.

Support groups will:
Increase your chances of success.
Allow you to express your feelings.
Give you hope and confidence to quit.
Improve your coping skills.
Teach you ways that have helped others quit for good.
Decrease your feelings of isolation.
Help you stay on track.


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California Smokers’ Helpline

American Lung Association

Tobacco Free Humboldt
(707) 268-2132

Humboldt Recovery Center
(707) 443-0514

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Smokers usually have triggers, which are the things that make you want to smoke. Family and friends can help you avoid them.

Ask friends and family not to take you places where people smoke.
Identify your triggers, and ask for help avoiding them. For example, if you always have had a smoke with a coffee break, ask a coworker to come by your desk at this time for a chat or a quick walk.
Drinking alcohol is often a trigger. You may need to give up alcohol while you are quitting smoking.


web10Quitting doesn’t happen the first day you stop smoking. It’s something you keep doing every day. So just worry about today.

If you slip and have a smoke, be easy on yourself. Go back to being an ex-smoker as soon as you can.

When it is hardest for you to resist smoking? Write some of your favorite smoke times below. Then think of something else to do instead.