Great American Smokeout part of Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

As the American Cancer Society marks our 100th year in the fight to end cancer, we celebrate the progress we’ve helped make against lung cancer and tobacco use. While our progress is remarkable –perhaps more so than any other cancer-fighting organization – there is still more work to be done. On November 21, 2013, we will rally people everywhere to join us for the Great American Smoke-out during our 100th birthday year to take action that will help finish the fight once and for all.

Since the 1950’s, Society funded-research has helped scientists understand the role of tobacco in cancer development. We have worked tirelessly in the fight against tobacco to educate consumers on the dangers of smoking, provide support to those who want to quit, and mobilize communities – in the United States and globally – to implement public policies that save lives.

*More than 24 states have passed smoke-free workplace laws to protect 49% of the US population.

*Smoking is banned on all domestic US flights.

*Most states ban distribution of free cigarettes. Nationally, tobacco advertising is banned on broadcast media.

*From 1965 to today, cigarette smoking among adults in the US decreased from more than 42% to around 19%.

Although tremendous progress has been made, we have more to do to finish the fight.

*Every six seconds someone in the world dies because of tobacco use.

*Smoking-related diseases remain the world’s most preventable cause of death.

*Smoking is the cause of nearly 1 in 3 cancer deaths.

*Nearly 1 in 4 high school seniors and 1 in 3 people younger than age 26 smoke.

*Of every 3 young smokers, only 1 will quit, and 1 of those remaining smokers will die from tobacco-related causes.

For more information on how to get involved in the American Cancer Society in your area, please contact Neal Bohnet at 515.215.1093 or neal.bohnet@cancer.org, or Jordan Schill, publicity executive for the Iowa State University chapter of Colleges Against Cancer, at jtschill@iastate.edu or 515/321-4080. Your American Cancer Society is in every community fighting every cancer, everyday.