Every year on the third Thursday of November, we celebrate The Great American Smokeout, sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Cigarette smoking remains the leading preventable cause of disease and death in the United States. Quitting smoking is one of the most important actions you can take to improve your health. There has never been a better time to begin living your best smokefree life!
Like many people who smoke, you may have thought about quitting. You may have found yourself coughing more than usual or found it harder to breathe. You probably thought, “I have to stop smoking, now!” You may have even tried once or twice before—only to find yourself smoking again.
Quitting smoking is not easy, and it’s not a matter of willpower. The nicotine in tobacco is addictive, and that’s what makes quitting so hard. The good news is we know more than ever before about what works best to help people quit. A smokefree life is possible and there has never been a better time to try quitting than right now.
Tomorrow, November 17th, join thousands of other people from across the country for the Great American Smokeout. Mark the date. Make a plan. Start living life smokefree. The Great American Smokeout is more than a reminder of the dangers smoking poses to your health. It’s a call to act. No matter your age, or how long you’ve been smoking, quitting improves health both immediately and over the long term.
Are you ready to quit? Visit the Oregon Tobacco Quit Line for free counseling and medication (like patch and gum) to quit smoking, vaping or other tobacco products. Free for all adults and youth over age 13 living in Oregon. Insurance not needed. Coaches are there 24/7. They are real people who have helped others quit for good—no judgments, just help. Learn more about what happens when you call the Oregon Tobacco Quit Line.
Text “READY” to 200-400
Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)
Call 1-855-DEJELO-YA (1-855-335356-92)
People Living with Disabilities
Deaf & Hard of Hearing people can call TTY line @ 1-877-777-6534 or use a relay service to connect with 1-800-QUIT-NOW.