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Morris James Recognizes the annual Great American Smokeout

Morris James is proud to be working alongside our client the American Heart Association and partners like the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network on evidence-based policy solutions that will curb the epidemic of tobacco and electronic cigarette use and addiction among our youth. Smoking remains the single largest preventable cause of death and illness in the world. One in four Delaware high school students have used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days. In fact, youth e-cigarette use has skyrocketed to what the FDA have called “epidemic” levels. E-cigarette use among U.S. high school students jumped by 135 percent over the last two years alone. Smoking causes an estimated 480,000 deaths every year, or about 1 in 5 deaths. 

On November 19th, join the American Cancer Society in recognizing the annual Great American Smokeout, a day to recognize that quitting is possible with a plan. They provide individuals with the necessary steps to quit smoking by helping find quit-smoking programs, resources, and support that can increase an individual's chance of quitting successfully.

E-cigarette flavored tobacco products undermine Delaware’s efforts to reduce youth tobacco use: 81% of kids who have used tobacco started with a flavored product. 97% of youth e-cigarette users have used a flavored product in the past month. Delaware can protect our kids by ending the sale of all flavored tobacco products, one of the most promising ways to prevent the industry from addicting our kids.

There are many benefits to quitting smoking. No matter your age or how long you’ve been smoking, quitting improves health both immediately and over the long term. 

Several Health Benefits of Quitting Smoking:

  • Improves health and life expectancy
  • Lowers risk of cardiovascular diseases
  • Heart and blood pressure improvement 
  • Lower Cholesterol
  • Increase of circulation and lung function
  • Lowers risk of 12 types of cancer 

Giving up smoking is a journey, and it can be hard, but you can increase your chances of success with a good plan and support. Getting help through counseling and medications increases your chances of quitting successfully. 

Click here to learn more about the Great American Smokeout campaign and where to get help to quit smoking.

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