NHM Health Focus: Great American Smokeout®
The Smokeout has challenged Americans to quit smoking and fueled a cultural revolution against tobacco since 1977.
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 (Tobacco and Cancer Home Page has more than 1000 pages (in English and in Spanish) related to tobacco, tobacco related research, cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, cancer and much more.
Smoking causes more than lung cancer. It influences blood pressure and increases the risk for stroke and heart disease. The National Heart Lung Blood Institute (NHLBI) smoking cessation program includes 10 reasons to quit and a seven-step plan.
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) has printable 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 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