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Posted on: November 19, 2015


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The court unanimously approved a proclamation declaring Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 as the Great American Smoke-Out Day in Hidalgo County. Cigarette smoking is the major single cause of cancer death in the United States. One in five deaths are caused by cigarette smoking – more people die than HIV, illegal drugs, alcohol, motor vehicle injuries, and firearm-related incidents combined. Secondhand smoke is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States, killing about 42,000 Americans each year. Secondhand smoke is a known cause of lung cancer, heart disease, chronic lung ailments, and other health problems.

But when a smoker quits, the health benefits begin immediately. Within two-to five-years, the risk of stroke can fall to about the same as a nonsmoker, the risk for cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder drop by half within five years, and the risk of lung cancer drops by half after 10 years.
The Tobacco Prevention & Control Coalition of Hidalgo County, in conjunction with the American Heart Association and many other community partners support the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smoke-out campaign to encourage Americans to quit smoking.

TPCC Coordinator Gilda Bowen and American Heart Association Senior Market Manager Tammie Risica accepted the proclamation on behalf of their organizations and thanked the court for its support. The court also approved the participation of Hidalgo County Health Department and HidalGO FIT Wellness Committee to partner with the American Cancer Society & TPCC to set up an information booth at the Hidalgo County Courthouse in support of Great American Smoke-Out.

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