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Great American Smoke Out

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The life expectancy of an average smoker is about 10% shorter than a nonsmoker.

That's why Thursday, Nov. 21st is known as the Great American Smokeout- a day when smokers are encouraged to quit.

Throwing out your cigarettes can also reduce your risk for different types of cancer. Kicking the habit isn't easy--according to the Surgeon General, nicotine may be as addictive as heroin or cocaine. Carla Berg, from Emory University, says help is out there.

"Number one the quit lines, each state has a quit line. Other options for just behavioral support would be online tools such as those offered through American Lung Association, American Cancer Society and other groups."  

The American Cancer Society says it takes the average smoker about 3 to 5 attempts before they finally quit.

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