Today the American Cancer Society is spearheading “The Great American Smokeout,” a campaign promoting smoking cessation. According to the American Cancer Society, “Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet more than 46 million Americans still smoke. However, more than half of these smokers have attempted to quit for at least one day in the past year.”
President Obama expressed his support for the Smokeout and highlighted his legislative efforts to curb smoking in youth. Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services went on to add, “…those of you who are making the commitment to quit, you are not alone and we have resources to help you succeed. You can visit HHS.gov today to connect with a smoking cessation expert via IM or phone, use the online step-by-step quit guide, or sign up for SmokefreeTXT a texted based smoking cessation program. And under the Affordable Care Act insurance companies are required to cover recommended preventive services, including tobacco cessation counseling without charging you an extra penny out of your own pocket.”
Sebelius will host a live web chat today at 12:45p regarding smoking prevention and cessation – join the discussion! To watch live, go to iVillage.com or www.hhs.gov/live. You can submit a question in advance here, or ask a question live during the chat on iVillage’s Twitter or Facebook page.