By Richard Stapleton, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Today is The Great American Smokeout, the day the American Cancer Society challenges smokers and others who use tobacco products to become quitters. Did you know that just 20 minutes after you stop smoking, your heart rate and blood pressure drop and within 12 hours, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal! The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has created an important new resource to help you become tobacco free. will help you find the best information on health effects of tobacco, on quitting smoking and on helping others to avoid starting to use tobacco altogether. You’ll also find support for quitting through a live chat and 1-800 quitline. If you’re ready to be tobacco free, visit and join hundreds of others who quit smoking today.

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Be A Quitter; Be Tobacco Free!