About 32.4 million American adults still smoke cigarettes, and smoking remains the single largest preventable cause of death and illness in the world. Smoking causes an estimated 480,000 deaths every year, or about 1 in 5 deaths and more than 16 million Americans live with a smoking-related disease. While the rates of cigarette smoking have declined over the past several decades, from 42% in 1965 to 13.7% in 2019, the gains have been inconsistent.
Let the Great American Smokeout event on the third Thursday in November, which is today, be your day to start a healthier smoke-free life. The American Cancer Society can help you access the resources and support you need to quit. Find more information about the tools available by calling 1-800-227-2345.