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By Laura Ellsworth
YKHC Nicotine Control & Research 

The 37th Great American Smokeout

Letter to the editor


The 37th Great American Smokeout

Nov. 15 marks the 37th annual American Cancer Society‘s Great American Smokeout (ACS GASO), a day highlighting the dangers of tobacco use and the challenges of quitting. ACS GASO encourages tobacco users to use the annual date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. The number one thing tobacco users can do to improve their health and extend their life is to quit. By doing so, tobacco users will be taking an important step towards a healthier life and reduce their cancer risk.

Want to win a free turkey? Come on down to Alaska Commercial on from 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 15 and look for a booth run by Nicotine Control and Research. A pledge from you to quit cold turkey for one day gets your name entered into a drawing for a free turkey or a ham — just in time for Thanksgiving! Not a tobacco user? Pledge to stay that way, and we’ll enter your name in as well.

Reducing the use of tobacco in Alaska will dramatically improve the health and well being of Alaskans, as tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in Alaska, causing nearly 600 deaths each year. In fact, tobacco use causes more deaths each year in Alaska than suicide, motor vehicle crashes, chronic liver disease and cirrhosis, homicide and HIV/AIDS combined.

Quitting is hard, but getting help increases the chances of success. Alaska’s Tobacco Quit Line is free and confidential, and provides the resources and support that can increase chances of quitting successfully. To learn more call Alaska’s Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit or

For information on ACS GASO, visit

—Laura Ellsworth, YKHC Nicotine Control & Research


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