Declare Your Freedom from the Tyranny of Tobacco

July 5th is NonDependence Day!

(June 30, 2011)

As you finalize your plans for celebrating our nation’s independence on the 4th of July, be sure to also gear up for NonDependence Day on July 5. NonDependence Day is a time to declare your independence from the tyranny of tobacco by pledging—or renewing your pledge—to stop smoking or never start.

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Each year, smoking-related diseases claim an estimated 443,000 lives, including those affected indirectly, such as babies born prematurely due to prenatal maternal smoking and victims of exposure to secondhand smoke.

"It's important to plan for and set your quit date as soon as possible," said Mary Ella Douglas, smoking cessation expert at the American Lung Association. "NonDependence Day is a great time to do this. Quitting smoking is the single most important step smokers can take to improve their health."

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Healthy Lungs

How can you celebrate NonDependence Day? If you don’t smoke now, make a vow never to start.  You can also encourage loved ones to quit. If you are a smoker, the journey is a little more difficult – but you can make it!

Like achieving victory in the War of Independence, the battle against tobacco addiction won’t be easy—but it can be done. The American Lung Association offers several resources that help tens of thousands of smokers take the big step of quitting each year.

The American Lung Association has been successfully helping smokers quit for more than 30 years with its Freedom From Smoking® program. Freedom From Smoking® provides a personalized step-by-step quit plan and is available as a face-to-face program or online. Freedom From Smoking® Online is a highly successful, online adaptation of the gold standard group clinic. It’s self-paced and available 24 hours a day.

Research shows that people who use programs like Freedom From Smoking® Online have greater success in quitting for good, compared to those who try to quit on their own.

This holiday, make yourself a promise that the only smoke will be coming from the neighborhood fireworks display.