Students in Amber Adams Health Science Class and Michelle Malachea’s Art class at Coffee County High School made posters to discourage smoking and to make a plan to stop smoking in conjunction with the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout yesterday. School Nurse Sarah Walker, RN organized this school wide activity.
The American Cancer Society marked the 37th Great American Smokeout yesterday by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting — even for one day — smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.
Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet about 43.8 million Americans still smoke cigarettes — Nearly 1 in every 5 adults. As of 2010, there were also 13.2 million cigar smokers in the US, and 2.2 million who smoke tobacco in pipes — other dangerous and addictive forms of tobacco.