Today marks the 33rd annual Great American Smokeout, sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Smokers are encouraged to give up cigarettes today to jumpstart the process of eventually quitting for good.
Resources to help smokers quit are available all over the country today -- for example, New York City is providing free nicotine gum and patches. We only wish they were handing out other harm reduction products as well -- such as snus and other smokeless tobacco products.
For more information on the event and the toll of smoking in the United States, see ACSH's Dr. Gilbert Ross's commentary on our FactsAndFears blog.