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OKLAHOMA CITY – The American Cancer Society is teaming up with Jersey Mike’s to offer free sandwiches to smokers who turn in their cigarettes.

Every year since 1976, the third Thursday in November marks the American Cancer Society’s “Great American Smokeout,” a day when smokers are encouraged to put down all tobacco products and formulate a plan to quit tobacco for good.

To help Oklahoma City residents go “cold turkey,” the American Cancer Society in partnership with Jersey Mike’s will offer free “cold turkey” sandwiches, along with helpful tips to stop smoking, to smokers who turn in their cigarettes at any metro Jersey Mike’s location.

A recent study from the American Cancer Society found that smoking cigarettes contributed to more than one in four cancer deaths in the United States.

According to the American Cancer Society, about 40 million Americans still smoke cigarettes and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world.

While cigarette smoking rates in the U.S. have dropped from 42% in 1965 to 15.1% in 2015, cigar, pipe, and hookah use are very much on the rise.

“The health benefits begin the moment you stop smoking,” said Lesa Foster, senior director of community engagement for the local American Cancer Society. “Quitting at any age can give you back years of life that would be lost by continuing to smoke.  We are so thankful for businesses like Jersey Mike’s who support the health of our community and recognize the importance of quitting.”

Today, smokers have more tools than ever to help quit smoking, but it remains one of the strongest addictions known, the American Cancer Society said in a press release.

Smokers often have to make several quit attempts, using any of several tools, some proven, some not, before they find the method that works for them.

Among those tools smokers can consider:

  • Nicotine replacement therapy
  • Telephone and online based support and counseling
  • Quit smoking programs and support groups
  • Prescription drugs

Research shows that nearly 70% of smokers want to quit. Below is a timeline of the benefits of quitting:

  • 20 minutes: Your heart rate and blood pressure drop.
  • 12 hours: The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
  • 2 weeks to 3 months: circulation improves and lung function increases.
  • 1 to 9 months: Coughing and shortness of breath decrease; cilia start to regain normal function in the lungs, increasing the ability to clean the lungs and reduce infection.
  • 1 year: The excess risk of coronary heart disease is reduced by half
  • 5 years: Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder are cut in half. Stroke risk can fall to that of a non-smoker after 2-5 years.
  • 10 years: The risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a person who is still smoking. The risk of cancer of the larynx (voice box) and pancreas decreases.
  • 15 years: The risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker’s.

Please stop by any metro location Jersey Mike’s for your free cold turkey sandwich when you decide to take the first step in quitting.

For additional quit tips and information about the effects of using tobacco, click here.