Shasta Lake, Calif. - More than 400,000 people die from smoking or chewing tobacco products every year. But the American Cancer Society is fighting back against those numbers.
Thursday was the Great American Smokeout, a day dedicated to helping smokers take that first step.
They gave out over 600 quit kits to anyone who wanted them. The kits included a stress ball, candy to help with the oral fixation and a rubber bracelet to help curb sudden cravings.
The idea behind the Smokeout is not to get people to stop cold turkey today, but to get them to stop today and hopefully continue to abstain.
They say that having a plan yields the best results and will allow for smokers to adapt to sudden cravings or external pressures.
You can still get the kits and information on quitting after the Smokeout is over.
In Shasta County you can call the Health and Human Services office to get a "quit kit" while supplies last, or if they are all gone, the office also supplies information on support groups to help kick the habit.