The Great American Smokeout

Hancock International College would like to observe Lung Cancer Awareness Day as it is an important problem to raise awareness about. We don’t judge anyone for smoking, however, we do recognize the negative affects smoking has on human health. We hope at least one of our ESL students who chooses to smoke will choose to smoke less, or quit all together after learning more about what harm smoking can cause to themselves and those around them.

Cancer.org says, “Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event. Encourage someone you know to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. By quitting – even for 1 day – smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk.

… About 36.5 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world. While cigarette smoking rates have dropped (from 42% in 1965 to 15.1% in 2015), cigar, pipe, and hookah – other dangerous and addictive ways to smoke tobacco – are very much on the rise. Smoking kills people – there’s no ‘safe’ way to smoke tobacco.

Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits at any age. Quitting is hard, but you can increase your chances of success with help. Getting help through counseling or medications can double or triple the chances of quitting successfully.”

Full Article: https://www.cancer.org/healthy/stay-away-from-tobacco/great-american-smokeout.html

Idiom of the Day

There’s No Smoke Without Fire

Meaning: There is usually truth behind a rumor, suspicion, or bad sign.

Example: We decided to investigate the company’s financial statements, since they had been paying next to no tax even though their profits were way up.