The third Thursday of November could be the first day of the rest of your life if you are one of the 36.5 million Americans who still smoke cigarettes. Since 1977, the annual Great American Smokeout, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, has been giving a helping hand to people who are trying to quit. The whole premise of the day is to challenge people to quit for one day, or use that day to make a plan to quit.

In Acadiana, the Cardiovascular Institute of the South has all-day tobacco cessation events at their Lafayette locations, to help folks who want to quit, or just get info on how to start the process. Their theme this year is 'Tobacco Free LIFE: Get on Board with Commit to Quit.'

There is a ton of support nationwide and locally for you to get motivated, and the American Cancer Society even has a cancer hotline if you need help, 1-800-227-2345. They have resources and tools available for download, and, more importantly, people to talk to who can get you started on your non smoking journey. Good luck, y'all!!

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