More than one-million people worldwide die of lung cancer each year, including more than 150-thousand in the United States. A big reason for that is tobacco use, according to the American Cancer Society. Today is the Great American Smokeout, and the Madison County Health Department is urging all tobacco users to use this day as a starting point to kick the habit.
In the United States, tobacco use is responsible for about 1 in 5 deaths, or about 443,000 premature deaths each year, according to a recent report. Health Department Educator Lisa Modrusic says quitting can be tough, so there are resources available for those who want to quit.
Modrusic says studies discussed in the 2008 report "Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence" shows a combination of counseling and medication is more effective for smoking cessation than either medication or counseling alone. For more information, call 1-800-QUIT-YES (1-800-784-8937).