Tobacco Cessation: Great American Smokeout helps population live longer

| November 11, 2010 | 0 Comments

Shari Lopatin
TriWest Healthcare Alliance

PHOENIX — On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years sooner than nonsmokers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Since about 20 percent of the U.S. population smokes, that means almost a fifth of the country could live at least a full decade longer. 

With the Great American Smokeout just around the corner, Nov.18, now is a great time to talk about the benefits of quitting tobacco.

As part of that discussion, TriWest has posted a question on its Facebook page: “What do you think makes a good quitter?” 

Individuals have already begun sharing their fears, frustrations and successes. 

More than 1,000 people die every day in the U.S. from tobacco-caused diseases that could have been prevented, according to the American Lung Association. 


Available resources


  • To enroll in TAMC’s Smoking Cessation Program, call 433-6060 or ask a health care provider for a consult. 
  • Soldiers can find support at the DoD smoking cessation website at
  • Eligible Tricare beneficiaries can chat with a coach at (866) 244-6870. 
  • Visit the National Cancer Institute to chat live at
  • Visit the federal government’s one-stop shop,
  • Call the Hawaii Tobacco Quitline at (800) QUIT-NOW (784-8669) or visit Coaches are available seven days a week, 3 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Visit to get and share tips about what makes a good quitter.



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