The Great American Smokeout: Today Is the Day to Quit Smoking!

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death.  A cigarette is the only consumer product that if used correctly will kill you.

Despite all the publicity about the dangers of smoking, many people haven’t given up their cigarettes.  And thousands of kids start smoking every day.

Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, The Great American Smokeout is an attempt to change these two realities.  The NYC Coalition for a Smoke-Free City encourages smokers to quit smoking today and hopes they consider this smoke-free day as the first step in quitting permanently. 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.

It’s never too late to quit. Quitting is hard, but smokers can increase their chances of success with help.  Studies show quitting smoking will add years to your life; years to spend with loved ones for holiday seasons to come.  There are resources to support smokers who want to quit.

Our Borough Smoke-Free Partnerships are working with community partners on various events in all five boroughs today to encourage smokers to quit. For more information on those events, check our calendar.

The NYC Coalition continues to actively work to reduce our city’s smoking rates and prevent our youth from lighting up.   We won’t quit, so smokers can.