Great American Smokeout—–November 16 Great American Smokeout—–November 16
National Centers for Chronic Disease and Prevention

The Friday, November 10, 2006, issue of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) announces the 30th anniversary of the Great American Smokeout to be observed Thursday, November 16, 2006. The MMWR also contains an article entitled “State Medicaid Coverage for Tobacco-Dependence Treatments—United States, 2005.”

The American Cancer Society(ACS)* will sponsor the 30th Annual Great American Smokeout to encourage 45.1 million adult smokers in the United States to quit.

Smokers can improve their chance of quitting by using proven cessation aids; such as physician assistance, medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration, and behavioral counseling, including telephone quitlines. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and several U.S. territories now have quitlines, which can be reached by telephone: 800–QUIT–NOW (800–784–8669).

Information on the Great American Smokeout is available at http://www.cancer.org/docroot/PED/ped_10_4.asp* or by telephone: 800-227-2345. Information on how to quit smoking is available at www.smokefree.gov.


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