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Great American Smokeout Held Today
Statistics show that in the U.S., tobacco is responsible for nearly one in five deaths. The goal of the Great American Smokeout is to get people to quit smoking. This is the 37th year the American Cancer Society has held the event.
Students at the University of Illinois spent the day raising awareness about lung cancer and other issues related to smoking. They handed out smoking kits with information on how to stop smoking to help spread the message.
"If we can reach people with awareness on the facts of smoking and how horrible it is for your body and students on campus, that's an awesome thing," Colleges Against Cancer president Christina Small said.
The American Cancer Society said tobacco remains the single-largest cause of disease and premature death in the United States. According to The Tobacco Atlas, one billion people will die worldwide during the 21st century if they don't quit smoking.