Today marks the 37th Great American Smokeout, a day when cancer prevention institutes encourage smokers to quit, or to make plans to quit, even if just for a single day. As part of that effort, the National Cancer Institute is asking smokers and their loved ones to “Unite 2 Quit”. Tens of millions of smokers nationwide want to quit, but have trouble beating their nicotine addictions. The National Cancer Institute wants to encourage the friends and loved ones of smokers to give them the support they need to take control of their addiction. As the Unite 2 Quit website explains:There are 45.3 million adult smokers in the United States, and each day, another 1,000 people younger than age 18 become daily smokers. Almost 70 percent of smokers want to quit smoking, but many try and fail. Friends and family can lend a helping hand by offering support and encouragement to the smokers in their lives. Let today be the day you tell someone you care!
In order to help people quit, NCI has created SmokefreeTXT, a program that uses SMS to give smokers the support they need. The program works like a 14-day countdown to quitting, followed with six weeks of encouraging messages to help quitters follow through.
Check out the flyer below. Then you or your loved ones can sign up for SmokefreeTXT by texting QUIT to IQUIT (47848) today.