American Lung Association Encourages Dads to Quit Smoking This Father's Day

(June 16, 2011)

There are more than 25.6 million adult male smokers in the United States. This Father’s Day, the American Lung Association encourages America’s fathers to quit smoking and urges their families to support them as they attempt to quit for good.

“Quitting smoking is the single most important step smokers can take to improve their health,” said Mary Ella Douglas, smoking cessation expert at the American Lung Association. “Fathers who quit smoking aren't just improving their own health and quality of life, but also that of their children and other family members.”

The health of family members is often directly impacted by a father’s smoking habit. According to the National Cancer Institute, secondhand smoke contains at least 69 substances known to cause cancer. Exposure is dangerous and can prolong and worsen numerous medical conditions including bronchitis, asthma and sinus infections.

Helping Americans quit smoking remains a public health priority for the American Lung Association. Its Freedom From Smoking® group clinic program—which began in 1981 and includes a comprehensive variety of evidence-based cessation techniques—has helped hundreds of thousands of smokers quit. The American Lung Association more recently introduced Freedom From Smoking® Online, a highly successful, self-paced online adaptation of the group clinic that is 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 “cold turkey.”

Dr. William Blatt of Tucson, Ariz., father of four and a Freedom From Smoking® graduate, highlighted his rationale for quitting that especially hits home on Father’s Day.

“When I enrolled in the Freedom From Smoking® program, I initially thought, ‘If I quit, I’ll live longer,’” said Blatt. “But my greatest motivation was the hope that if I quit, I’d get to see my kids grow up. I quit smoking for good in 1984 and have proudly watched them mature into wonderful adults.”

To learn more about Freedom From Smoking® Online, visit


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