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Great American Smoke-out Today

Experts have some advice for smokers who can´t quit – keep on trying.

The American Cancer Society hopes nearly ten million smokers won´t light up or will smoke less during its Great American Smoke out today.

Audra Harold of the Cancer Society says a substitute might help, like carrot sticks or chewing gum. She also says it helps to go through the smokeless day with a buddy.

Local pharmacies and the Tuolumne County Health Department have free quit smoking survival kits available to help in the effort, as well.

The American Cancer Society says lung cancer is the most preventable form of the disease.

It´s expected to account for more than 169,000 new cancer cases nationally this year – and nearly 155,000 deaths.

Some tips to quit smoking: Set a quit date, ask for support from family and friends, get rid of all tobacco-related items, and spend as much free time as possible in places where smoking is banned.