Great American Smokeout

American Cancer Society Smokeout 

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet more than 46 million Americans still smoke. However, more than half of these smokers have attempted to quit for at least one day in the past year. Quitting is hard, but you can increase your chances of success with help.

Quitting smoking is one of the most important things you can do for your health. You will live a longer, healthier life. It will be time well spent with the people you love – your family and friends.

On Nov 17, the UTMB Commit to Quit Program was at Café on the Court (in John Sealy Hospital on the UTMB Galveston campus) to celebrate the Great American Smokeout and support those individuals taking a step to stamp out their cigarettes.

While the event has passed, UTMB staff are still available to provide quit smoking self-help material and tobacco awareness information.

For more information about the Commit to Quit Program, contact Patrice Houston at or visit the program website.

Smoking is the most preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. Smoking causes:

  • Lung cancer
  • 11 other types of cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Pregnancy problems
  • Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • Lung disorders
  • Gum disease
  • Vision problems

Many beneficial changes start right after you quit.

How can I quit smoking?

Start by thinking about why you want to quit. This will help you find the right quitting strategies. Here are some things you can try to help you quit:

  • Change your routine. For example, go for a walk instead of having a cigarette.
  • Learn new ways to manage stress.
  • Eat healthy snacks instead of smoking.
  • Get medicine from your doctor or pharmacy. Nicotine is a drug in cigarettes that’s just as addictive as heroin or cocaine. It’s the nicotine in cigarettes that causes the strong feeling (craving) that you want to smoke.

Quitting is hard, but it can be done. You will feel better.

Your body begins to heal as soon as you quit smoking. You will breathe more easily. Your senses of taste and smell will get better. You will have more energy. Your lungs will become stronger, making it easier for you to be active. Your stuffy nose and cough will go away.  

What else will quitting do for me?

Quitting smoking will help you live a longer, healthier life. After you quit smoking:

  • Your chance of having a heart attack goes down.
  • Your lungs can fight off infection.
  • Your chance of dying from cancer goes down.
  • Your blood pressure goes down.
  • Your pulse, oxygen level, and body temperature return to normal.
  • If you have kids, they will have fewer ear and lung infections.

Plus, quitting smoking will save you a lot of cash. Use this savings calculator to see how much money you can save after you quit.

A Guide to What Works Among Methods to Quit Smoking

Quitting Smoking: What works

While millions of smokers try to quit each year, only about 1 in 4 people use proven treatments in the quit attempt. Proven cessation treatments can double or triple a smoker’s chance of successfully quitting. 

To give smokers easy-to-understand information on the most commonly used cessation methods, the National Tobacco Cessation Collaborative created What Works? A Guide to Quit Smoking Methods. The guide offers a visually appealing and easy-to-read format to give smokers accurate information on the most effective quit smoking treatments.

As the chart illustrates, programs such as UTMB's Commit to Quit, which offer counseling and support, are among the most effective approaches. [View the chart.]

Call for assistance day or night 409-772-2222

Take Action!

Follow these steps to quit:

1. Talk with your doctor about techniques and medicines to help you quit. Schedule an appointment today to see your primary care provider.

2. Circle a quit date on your calendar.

3. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) for free support and to set up your quit plan.

4. Find out more about UTMB's Commit to Quit Program

5. Make small changes, like:

  • Throw away ashtrays in your home, car, and office so you aren’t tempted to smoke.
  • Make your home and car smoke-free.
  • If you have friends who smoke, ask them not to smoke around you.

 American Cancer Society Smokeout








Get more information

UTMB Commit to Quit Program 
(available to UTMB employees and members of area communities)

Health & Human Services Quick Guide to Healthy Living

American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout






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