Tomorrow marks the American Cancer Society’s 36th Great American Smokeout – a day when we encourage smokers to make a plan to quit. The good news is that over the last four decades the number of smokers has been cut in half. However, we’re still seeing tobacco take its toll on too many people, including our youth.
About 46 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, killing an estimated 443,000 people each year. And each day, approximately 4,000 young people smoke their first cigarette
President Obama and his Administration are committed to stopping kids from using tobacco and we are taking steps to help adults quit.
In honor of the Great American Smokeout, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is sitting down with iVillage’s Kelly Wallace for a live web chat. During the chat, they will talk about how to make a plan to quit and what the Obama Administration is doing to prevent kids from starting in the first place.
The chat will take place on Thursday, November 17th from 12:45 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. EST. To watch live, go to iVillage.com/livechat or www.hhs.gov/live. You can submit a question in advance here, or ask a question during the chat on iVillage’s Twitter or Facebook page.
We hope you’ll join the conversation on how to help Americans to kick the habit, and stop young people before they start.