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Kicking the habit: November 21 is the Great American Smokeout

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CINCINNATI - It's hard to kick the habit, but the American Cancer Society wants tobacco users to know it's possible to butt out for life.

The Great American Smokeout , a smoking cessation event scheduled for the third Thursday of November each year, provides a starting point for smokers who want to quit.

According to the American Cancer Society, many use the date to quit smoking or plan a time when they will quit smoking. The movement started in the 1970s and has progressed with other anti-tobacco efforts to change the landscape for tobacco-use in the areas of policy, environment and research.

Cancer.org has several suggestions for smokers who want to quit and recommends using two or more of these methods to stop:

  • Telephone smoking-cessation hotlines
  • Stop-smoking groups
  • Online quit groups
  • Counseling
  • Nicotine replacement products
  • Prescription medicine to lessen cravings
  • Guide books
  • Encouragement and support from friends and family members

Have you kicked the habit? Share your tips in the comments below!

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