The Great American Smokeout

November 18, 2010 Updated Nov 18, 2010 at 7:51 PM EDT

By WKBW Programming

November 18, 2010 Updated Nov 18, 2010 at 7:51 PM EDT

(WKBW) Don't light that cigarette! This is the day set aside every year to help smokers break the hold tobacco has on their lives.

The Great American Smokout began back in 1975 by the American Cancer Society to help people kick the habit. The idea is if you can stop smoking for the day, you can learn to quit for a lifetime.

Smoking is the leading preventable cause of sickness and death across the country. About one-third of cancers in the United States are directly related to smoking.

New York has a free resource to help you stop smoking. It's the New York State Smokers Quitline. Call 1-866-NY-QUITS for more information.

And, if you'd like to help a smoker in your life kick the habit, why not show your support by sending them an e-card? has several e-cards to choose from that you can personalize. Check them out by clicking on News Links.

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