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President Obama Marks the Great American Smokeout

Article date: November 17, 2011

President Obama has posted a video on whitehouse.gov congratulating the American Cancer Society and everyone participating in the Great American Smokeout.

The American Cancer Society is marking the 36th Great American Smokeout on November 17 by encouraging smokers to use the date to quit, or plan to quit.

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet more than 45 million Americans still smoke cigarettes.

The President, who has struggled with tobacco addiction himself, says, “Quitting smoking is hard – believe me, I know.”

The American Cancer Society’s Guide to Quitting Smoking has many tools and tips to help smokers beat the urge to smoke and to help nonsmokers encourage loved ones to quit.

The President says he and his administration are committed to doing all they can to reducing the number of Americans who smoke and preventing children from smoking in the first place. In 2009, he signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

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