WEIRTON, W.Va. — We’re going to throw some numbers out, so wrap your mind around these, if you can – an estimated 58.5 million of U.S. adults were smokers in 2012, and of those, 41.6 million smoked every day.
We offered those statistics because Thursday is the 38th-annual Great American Smokeout – a day set aside each year dedicated to helping smokers of all ages to quit smoking. It’s a day to put down those cigarettes, cigars and pipes, or don’t put a pinch between your cheek and gums.
Here are some other alarming statistics: Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S., yet nearly one in every five adults smokes.
It’s not so hard to think about quitting smoking if you consider the alternatives: Lung cancer, lip cancer, cancers of the mouth, throat and digestive tract.
The American Cancer Society has a list of benefits of ending smoking, including…