The first step in quitting tobacco is thinking about it. If you don’t have it in your mind that you’d like to quit tobacco someday, whether it’s tomorrow or in five years, then there is no intention of changing your behavior.

The Great American Smoke Out is an event started by the American Cancer Society to help motivate people to quit tobacco. The event, which challenges you to quit tobacco for a day, is held on the third Thursday in November. This year during the Great American Smoke Out takes place on 16 November 2017. Would you be able to quit tobacco for a day? By quitting even temporarily you are taking an important step toward living a healthier life. You will start to feel the health benefits of being tobacco free within the first twenty minutes of quitting.

Great American Smoke Out activities across Marine Corps installations will have various events to help you learn about the many tools available to help you quit. For instance, the Semper Fit Health Promotion Program offers a tobacco cessation class, “Operation Tobacco Free Marine,” which will walk participants through each step towards becoming tobacco free.

Quitting tobacco can be stressful. You may be worried if you can actually do it, especially if you’ve tried and failed in the past, but with support you can soon be on your way to being tobacco-free. Visit the Semper Fit Health Promotion Program at your local fitness facility or click here to learn more.