FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 19, 2009
Contact: HHS Press Office
Statement by Kathleen Sebelius Secretary of Health and Human Services on the Great American Smokeout
“Breaking a cigarette addiction may be one of the toughest commitments anyone can make. It takes a lot of support. But if you’re a smoker, today you’ll have the support of millions of other soon-to-be ex-smokers, if you join them in the Great American Smokeout.
“Saying no to cigarettes is one of the most important commitments you can make to your health. According to the American Cancer Society, smoking is responsible for nearly 1 in 3 cancer deaths, and 1 in 5 deaths from all causes. Almost 9 million Americans are living with cancer, lung disease, heart disease, and other potentially fatal illnesses, all brought on by using tobacco.
“Even if you just join the Smokeout for 24 hours, you will prove to yourself you have power to quit. And if you can stretch your personal participation in the Great American Smokeout to weeks, months and years, you’ll have made an essential commitment to the rest of your life.”
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Last revised: May 7, 2011