GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Health officials across America will ask smokers to put down the cigarettes for a good cause Thursday.
It’s for the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout, which is held every year on the third Thursday of November.
Organizers say when a smoker quits, even for one day, they are taking a step towards a healthier life and reducing their risk for cancer.
Globally, lung cancer kills more people than any other cancer — more than breast, colorectal and prostate cancers combined, according to Spectrum Health.
In Michigan, Spectrum Health says nearly 1.5 million people — 19 percent — use tobacco. Nearly 15 percent of middle school students across the state currently use tobacco, jumping to more than 23 percent of high schoolers.
==Dr. Glenn Van Otteren, director of the Lung Mass and Cancer Clinic at Spectrum Health, spoke to 24 Hour News 8 Daybreak Wednesday. Watch the interview above.==