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Great American Smokeout is Nov. 17

Atlanta—Nov. 17 is the day to circle on the calendar if you want to quit smoking, reduce your risk of developing cancer and other tobacco-related diseases, and improve your oral health. That’s the date of the American Cancer Society’s 36th annual Great American Smokeout.

Smokers can use Nov. 17 as a target day to quit or as the date to start planning their quitting strategy, the ACS says.

The ACS Great American Smokeout website offers a variety of tools to help smokers quit this dangerous and addicting habit, including a stop smoking quiz, computer desktop helpers to plan your quit day and curb cravings, a cigarette cost calculator to show smokers how much the habit drains from their wallet and much more.

Preventing oral cancer and other tobacco-related diseases is a high priority for the ADA. About eight out of 10 people with mouth and throat cancers use tobacco and the risk increases with the amount used and the duration of the habit. On average, 40 percent of those with the disease will not survive more than five years after being diagnosed.

Tobacco products are also associated with higher rates of gum disease, one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults.

ADA.org offers a wealth of information on how tobacco affects oral health, including increased risk for cancer, periodontal disease, delayed healing after tooth extraction or other oral surgery, bad breath, stained teeth, diminished sense of taste and smell, and the signs of oral cancer.

ADA.org also offers a variety of strategies for quitting tobacco and links to national quitlines as well as smoking cessation resources from the U.S. Surgeon General’s Office, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the American Lung Association, the National Cancer Institute’s website and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Office on Smoking and Health.