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American Cancer Society's National Smoke Out

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By Alex Howard (twitter:@alexhoward99).
Since 1976, every third Thursday in November has marked the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout, a day where people who struggle with quitting smoking are encouraged to put out their cigarettes for good.

On Thursday, the American Cancer Society held a press conference commending local institutions, like Davis College, for their work in encouraging people to quit. They also had a former smoker talk about her experience with quitting.

Smoking rates in New York have dropped drastically in the past few years, with only 14.5% of adults and 7.3% of high school students reporting that they are current smokers.

"If you're trying to quit for today it's really about changing up your routine, if you have a cigarette with your first cup of coffee in the morning in the kitchen, have it in the living room, if you're used to taking a smoke break during lunch, do something else with a coworker, walk with somebody." said Peter Cittadino, the Senior Market Manager for the American Cancer Society.