NHM Health Focus:
Great American Smokeout®
The American Cancer Society (ACS)
holds the Great
American Smokeout® to help smokers quit cigarettes
for at least one day, in the hope that they will quit forever. This
year's event will be held on Thursday, November 20, 2008.
Since 1977, the Smokeout has challenged Americans to quit smoking and fueled a cultural
revolution against tobacco.
Today, those who want to quit can find support from government agencies,
not-for-profit organizations and for-profit businesses, in their communities,
and on the Web.
U.S. Government agencies such as the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Tobacco
and Cancer Home Page have more than one thousand pages (in English and
in Spanish) related to tobacco, tobacco related research, cigarettes
and smokeless tobacco, cancer and related topics.
Smoking causes more than lung cancer. It influences blood pressure
and increases the risk for stroke and heart disease. The National
Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) smoking
cessation program includes 10 reasons to quit and a seven-step
Not-on-Tobacco, a program of the American
Lung Association, gives schools and community groups a unique package
for helping teens quit. The National Lung Health Education Program (NLHEP)
articles describing smoking cessation strategies useful for interested
smokers of any age.
For many, information on what is happening in their bodies, and why,
helps them to make informed decisions and stay with the decisions they
make. [Note: These links on nicotine and nicotine addiction are increasingly
technical as you move down the list.]
In Canada and Brazil, graphic
warnings on cigarette packages have been
shown to reduce smoking, to such an extent that other
countries including Australia, Singapore, and Venezuela
now require health warnings with images on tobacco packaging. European
Union countries are moving in that direction with individual countries
deciding whether to use the recommended images on cigarette packaging.
Access Excellence @ the National Health Museum has these resources
related to smoking and health:
Health Headquarters: Question of the Week Smoking
Health Headquarters: Question of the Week Smoking Bans
Health Headquarters: Question of the Week Heart Disease
Let's Collaborate: Science Education Reform Nicotine-An American Way of Life?
Let's Collaborate: Science Education Reform Bioethics in the Classroom
Activities Exchange: Partners' Collection MediaSharp from the CDC
What's News: Science Updates Nicotine and Smoking Behavior
What's News: Science Updates How Passive Smoking Causes Heart Disease
What's News: Science Updates Evil Weed May Benefit Rare Disorders
What's News: News Maker Interview The War Against Heart Disease