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‘Great American Smokeout’ aims to help smokers quit

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (November 19, 2015) - The American Cancer Society is encouraging smokers to kick the habit for good with the 'Great American Smokeout' Thursday.

The annual event takes place the third Thursday in November and aims to encourage smokers to quit, for at least one day. Smoking rates in Indiana are above the national average.  The American Cancer Society reports 11,000 Hoosiers die each year due to smoking-related illnesses.

"We know that seven out of every ten smokers want to quit, so this is an important tool to help them do that," said Bryan Hannon, director of government relations for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS-CAN). "More importantly, it’s going to also help youth avoid tobacco use and never start that deadly habit."

The impact of smoking goes beyond the health issues. Experts say smoking-related healthcare costs the state around $2.93 billion per year.

There is help available for those considering quitting. Smokers can call the American Cancer Society's hotline at 1-800-227-2345.