AS REPORTED IN THE NACOGDOCHES DAILY SENTINEL:
Despite the risk of health issues, about 43.4 million Americans still smoke or use tobacco products, officials said.
In an effort to help those who want to quit, even for a day, The Healthy Nacogdoches Coalition is hosting a kickoff event for this year's Great American Smokeout from 7 to 9 a.m. Thursday at the Nacogdoches Recreation Center, 1112 North St.
"If you smoke or use tobacco, quitting is the best thing that you can do for your health; you can reduce your risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, many types of cancer and lung diseases," said Kinnie Parker, Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital health educator. "The important thing is that more than half of these smokers have attempted to quit for at least one day in the past year."
Joining thousands of people across the country who are also attempting to quit could be a great help to those who are anxious to do so but don't have much of a support system, she said.
The Great American Smokeout is in its 35th year and is sponsored by the American Cancer Society as a way to encourage smokers to use the third Thursday in November to plan to quit, or to plan in advance to quit smoking that day.
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