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NHM Health Focus:
Great American Smokeout®

November 2009

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Smoking Cessation
- You Can Quit Smoking Now! (HHS)
- Quitting Tips (Foundation for a Smokefree America)
- Tobacco Use & Dependence (AHRQ)
- How to Quit Smoking (CDC)
- Quitting Smoking (NHLBI NIH)
- Stop Smoking Cigarettes (NHLBI NIH)
- Q and A About Smoking Cessation (NCI)
- Plan Your Quit Day (ACS)
- Quitting Smoking (ALA)

Smoking and Your Body
- Smoking (Nemours)
- Respiratory Diseases (Medline Plus)
- Smoking and Your Digestive System (NIDDK)
- Links Between Smoking and Kidney Disease (NIDDK)
- Tobacco's Deadly Global Grip (Health Politics)
- No Smoke, No Problem? (Health Politics)
- How Smoking Affects the Way You Look (ASH)
- Cigarette Smoking and Cardiovascular Diseases (AHA)

Organizations and Government Agencies
- (NCI) National Cancer Institute
- (ACS) American Cancer Society
- (AHA) American Heart Association
- (CDC) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- (ALA) American Lung Association
- (NLHEP) National Lung Health Education Program
- (ASH) Action on Smoking and Health (UK)
- (FSA) Foundation for a Smokefree America

The American Cancer Society (ACS) holds the Great American Smokeout® to help smokers quit cigarettes for at least one day, in the hope that they will quit forever. This year's event will be held on Thursday, November 19, 2009.

Since 1977, the Smokeout has challenged Americans to quit smoking and fueled a cultural revolution against tobacco.

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 (NCI) Tobacco and Cancer Home Page have more than one thousand pages (in English and in Spanish) related to tobacco, tobacco related research, cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, cancer and related topics.

Smoking causes more than lung cancer. It influences blood pressure and increases the risk for stroke and heart disease. The National Heart Lung and 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 Venezuelanow require health warnings with images on tobacco packaging. European Union countries are moving in that direction with individual countries deciding whether to use the recommended images on cigarette packaging, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is moving toward using images on U.S cigarettes.

Access Excellence @ the National Health Museum has these resources related to smoking and health:

Health Headquarters: Question of the WeekSmoking
Health Headquarters: Question of the WeekSmoking Bans
Health Headquarters: Question of the WeekHeart Disease
Let's Collaborate: Science Education ReformNicotine-An American Way of Life?
Let's Collaborate: Science Education ReformBioethics in the Classroom
Activities Exchange: Partners' CollectionMediaSharp from the CDC
What's News: Science UpdatesNicotine and Smoking Behavior
What's News: Science UpdatesHow Passive Smoking Causes Heart Disease
What's News: Science UpdatesEvil Weed May Benefit Rare Disorders
What's News: News Maker Interview The War Against Heart Disease

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