The Great American Smokeout is a national event hosted by the American Cancer Society. It's held on the third Thursday in November with the intent of inspiring smokers to claim it as the day they stop smoking.

Thousands of smokers across the U.S. use the event to take an important step toward a healthier life and to reduce the risk of cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Read about UT Health East Texas' participation in the national event here. 

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