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Great American Smoke Out

November 18, 2012
Reinbeck Courier

November is the Great American Smoke Out, now is the time to encourage someone you know to quit smoking or using tobacco.

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. For every person who dies from a smoking related disease, 20 more people suffer with at least one serious illness from smoking. In the US, tobacco use is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 deaths, or about 443,000 premature deaths each year. On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years earlier than nonsmokers. Tobacco use increases the risk of myeloid leukemia and cancers of the lung, mouth, nasal cavities, larynx, throat, esophagus, stomach, colorectum, liver, pancreas, kidney, bladder, uterine cervix, and ovaries. Along wit that, tobacco use accounts for at least 30% of all cancer deaths and 80% of lung cancer deaths. Each year, about 3,400 nonsmoking adults die of lung cancer as a result of breathing secondhand smoke.

Join the fight. Sign up to be a grassroots advocate for ACS CAN at acscan.org/volunteer to support policies that keep kids tobacco-free, create smoke-free communities and help smokers quit. Forty three trillion cigarettes have been smoked in the last decade. Cigarette smoking costs the United States more than $193 billion (i.e., $97 billion in lost productivity plus $96 billion in health care expenditures).

Now is the time to join the fight against cancer! Sign up now for the Relay For Life of Grundy County at relayforlife.org/grundycountyia. The Relay For Life is going to be held on June 14th starting at 5PM at the Grundy Center High School Track. For More information please contact Becki Jo Shuey at 319-824-6340 or Jenn Flater at 319-824-3054.

 
 

 

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