The American Cancer Society has set Nov. 16 as the date for the annual Great American Smokeout, a day each year which thousands use as their date to quit.

The Division of Public Health asks smokers to use Nov. 16 as their quit date, and to use the days leading up to it to create a plan to do so. A good first step is to call the Delaware Quitline at 866-409-1858 for advice. By quitting, smokers take an important step toward reducing their risk of heart disease, cancer and lung diseases. And, even quitting for one day can put smokers on the path to recovery.

In Delaware, rates of cigarette use continue to decline. Cigarette smoking by adults dropped again to an all-time low of 17.7 percent, according to the 2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Survey. But total tobacco use among Delaware adults in 2016 was 24.2 percent or approximately 1 in 4 Delawareans. Total tobacco use includes cigarettes, cigars, little cigars, smokeless tobacco products, e-cigarettes and all other tobacco products.

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