The Great American Smokeout encourages smokers to stop tobacco use

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Chances And Services for Youth advocates for the Great American Smokeout and urges smokers to quit tobacco use.

The Great American Smokeout encourages smokers to quit tobacco for a day with the hope that smokers will continue the journey of not smoking for longer than a day.

According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women, not including skin cancer.

CASY has programs in place for Vigo and Sullivan county with one of the programs being “Catch My Breath.” Catch My Breath teaches prevention skills.

Numbers have decreased for teenagers smoking traditional cigarettes but another form of tobacco is gaining attention.

“Vaping has very significantly increased in the past couple of years. Vaping we know has over 250 chemicals in it and there’s still a lot of unknowns,” said Sarah Knoblock, tobacco and prevention cessation coordinator for Vigo County CASY.

According to Knoblock, the Truth Initiative released a recent study stating that approximately one in every three high school students have vaped in the past 30 days.

“Once a person stops smoking their blood pressure will decrease … within the 72 hours the chance of getting a heart attack decreases,” said Knoblock.

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