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This is the year to snuff smoking for good

The American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout is Thursday. No one said it's going to be easy but millions of people have made the transition to break the habit, and there are numerous resources available now to help.

Approximately 40 million American adults still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world. While cigarette smoking rates have dropped (from 42 percent in 1965 to 17 percent in 2014), cigar, pipe and hookah  other dangerous and addictive ways to smoke tobacco  are on the rise. Smoking kills people and there's no safe way to smoke, according to the American Cancer Society.

After trying several times to quit unsuccessfully, Melissa Hervey of Cache said she stopped smoking on Oct. 26, 2015.

"The previous attempt was foiled when my dad passed away in August 2015," Hervey said. "But in October, I became ill with bronchiolitis. I was having difficulty breathing and even after breathing treatments, it was still very difficult. I made the decision to quit and had my last cigarette on the 25th. I haven't had one since that day."

She had smoked off and on for over 20 years. She quit when she was pregnant with her first son, almost 17 years ago, and didn't start again until her second son was about 2 or 3 years old  which was 10 years before she stopped again. What would she recommend for others who want to quit?

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