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Every November, the third Thursday of the month is dedicated to getting people to quit smoking. The Great American Smokeout encourages all smokers to break the habit.

"The Great American Smokeout was really about bringing to light the dangers of using tobacco and particularly smoking," said Linda Carte, Director of Cancer Services at United Hospital Center.

The American Cancer Society started the Great American Smokeout. Carte said there's more to it than just talking about the dangers of smoking.

"It also is about education and helping people know what resources are available to them so that their chance at quitting can be much more successful when they make a plan and use the resources they can get a much more positive effect," Carte explained.

UHC offers programs to help people quit smoking and using tobacco.

"We definitely give them resources available to them to help with that. Whether it involves calling a doctor or setting up some kind of therapy we can do that for them," said Jo Lynn Fahey, a Registered Nurse at UHC.

If you are a smoker and worry about your health UHC has some new technologies to help check for damage caused by smoking.

"It is beneficial to use CAT scanning to screen people that may be at risk for lung cancer. We have the ability to take those people who want to take part in their own care and make sure they don't have lung cancer to get a low radiation CAT scan and get a quick look to see if there may be a cancer," explained Dr. Adam Hansen, a General Thoracic Surgeon at UHC.

Representatives at UHC also want to remind smokers that secondhand smoke can also harm your loved ones and the people around you.

"With secondhand smoke people don't have a filter at all there is no risk free exposure to secondhand smoke," said Fahey.

For more information about the Great American Smokeout or to learn more about how to quit smoking click here.