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Today is American Cancer Society's 35th annual 'Great American Smokeout'

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  • BODIES The Exhibition at 340 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland is partnering with the Greater Cleveland American Society in honor of the smokeout.

    The BODIES Respiratory Gallery houses a healthy lung and a cancerous one. They will be offering a 20 percent discount on all full-price adult tickets today in honor of the Great American Smokeout.

    In addition, they will make available Smokeout pledge forms in the BODIES Respiratory Gallery and in the gift shop at the end of the exhibition.

    Smokers who commit to quit will get one complimentary admission for another visit to BODIES.

    According to an American Cancer Society report Cancer Prevention & Early Detection Facts & Figures 2010, smokers who quit can expect to live as many as ten years longer -- that's ten more birthdays -- than those who continue to smoke.

    Smokers who want to quit can call the American Cancer Society Quit For Life Program operated and managed by Free & Clear at 1-800-227-2345 for tobacco cessation and coaching services that can help increase their chances of quitting for good.

    The Society also has online tools at the Great American Smokeout, such as a crave button and a quit clock to help smokers plan towards kicking the habit for good.

    Research shows that much of the risk of premature death from smoking could be prevented by quitting. Smokers, who quit, regardless of age, live longer than people who continue to smoke.

    Smokers who quit reduce their risk of lung cancer - ten years after quitting, the lung cancer death rate is about half that of a continuing smoker's.

    Quitting also lowers the risk for other major diseases including heart disease and stroke.

    "Quitting smoking is an important step towards staying well and creating a world with more birthdays," said Alexandra Houser Vukoder, American Cancer Society spokesperson.

    "The American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout is a great first step towards quitting or making a plan to quit, and the Society can help smokers through a variety of resources including personalized telephone coaching by trained specialists."

    The American Cancer Society created the trademarked concept for and held its first Great American Smokeout in 1976 as a way to inspire and encourage smokers to quit for a day.

    One million people quit smoking for a day at the 1976 event in California. The Great American Smokeout encourages smokers to commit to making a long-term plan to quit smoking for good.

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