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Smokers are encouraged to take the third Thursday in November each year and make a plan to quit.

The Great American Smokeout is going to be held on Thursday, Nov. 21.  According to the American Cancer Society, quitting for even one day allows smokers take an important step towards a healthier life.

In 2013 the ACS is celebrating those who quit smoking and their supporters with a series of "fun characters" designed for social sharing on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

On Wednesday, Nov. 20 there will be a Great American Smokeout Twitter Chat, hosted by the ACS and Sharecare.  It you have questions about how to quit smoking send them to the Twitter handle @Sharecarenow or submit them on Sharecare's Facebook page.  The answers will be posted online Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

According to the American Cancer Society, tobacco use is still the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States.  Statistics from the ACS show 43.8 million Americans smoke cigarettes, there are 13.2 million cigar smokers and 2.2 million Americans who smoke tobacco in pipes.