OPINION: Teck John Baker Youth Leaders join "The 37th Great American Smokeout"
November 15 marks the 37th annual American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout (ACS GASO), a day highlighting the dangers of tobacco use and the challenges of quitting. ACS GASO encourages smokers to use the annual date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. The number one thing tobacco users can do to improve their health and extend their life is to quit. By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life and reduce their cancer risk.
During the week of November 12th, the Youth Leaders will be presenting public service announcements on their village radios that include important facts about tobacco products.
The Youth Leaders know that reducing the use of tobacco in Alaska will dramatically improve the health and well being of Alaskans, as tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in Alaska, causing nearly 600 deaths each year. In fact, tobacco use causes more deaths each year in Alaska than suicide, motor vehicle crashes, chronic liver disease and cirrhosis, homicide and HIV/AIDS combined.
Quitting is hard, but getting help increases the chances of success. Alaska's Tobacco Quit Line is free and confidential, and provides the resources and support that can increase chances of quitting successfully. To learn more call Alaska's Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit alaskaquitline.com or facebook.com/alaskaquitline.
For more information on ACS GASO, visit cancer.org/smokeout.