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Today is the Great American Smokeout, the day smokers are encouraged to kick the habit, at least for just one day.

"If you quit before the age of 35, you can gain most of the life years lost from smoking tobacco products", says Jeff Drope of the American Cancer Society.

¯ 87 percent - The percentage of lung cancer deaths in the US caused by smoking.

According to the American Cancer Society, about 36.5 million people in the US still smoke, but stopping can be tough.

"Smoking tobacco is an addiction, and those who want to quit can get help", said Brian Boisseau, cancer program manager for the DPH Chronic Disease Prevention Branch.

The "Great American Smokeout" will take place on Thursday, November 16. The idea behind it is that if a current smoker is successfully able to quit smoking for 24 hours, perhaps they can quit for 48 hours, for several days, months, or even quit for good.

More than half of smokers have tried or are trying to quit according to Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health.

Information and support for quitting smoking is available by telephone at 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669).

She says there are many services to help you quit, including the Oklahoma tobacco helpline.

McClure says it's still not clear whether e-cigarettes or vape pens are harmful to a person's health but doesn't recommend them. It's more hard to quit than heroin, crack cocaine, alcohol. A recent study from the American Cancer Society found that smoking cigarettes contributed to more than one in four cancer deaths in the United States.


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