As the American Cancer Society celebrates its 100th year in the fight to end cancer, it is encouraging smokers to use the Great American Smokeout (GASO) on Thursday, Nov. 21, to make a plan to quit smoking. While smoking has decreased significantly since the 1950s, more than 43 million Americans – nearly one in five adults – still smoke, according to the Society.
“We’ve made substantial progress in the fight against tobacco since 1954, when an American Cancer Society study confirmed the link between smoking and lung cancer,” said Jill Sudhoff-Guerin, director of Government Relations & Advocacy for the American Cancer Society. “However, tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. Quitting smoking can save your life, and GASO is a great way to start.” Visit www.cancer.org/smokeout for printable resources to post at your office, church, school, etc. to spread the word.
Smokers who are participating in the GASO should consider participating in the National Institute of Health study on the Effects of Quitting Study – and earn money for not smoking. It may help you quit for good. For this study, smokers attend appointments at the University of Vermont twice a week over five weeks, for about an hour and a half each time. Although smokers have to quit on their own without medication or counseling, participants are reimbursed for filling out questionnaires and working on simple computer tasks and can earn incentive payments for not smoking. Reimbursements can be up to $620. To learn more, call 656-4849 or email Effects@uvm.edu.