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AAO-HNS Statement of Support for the Great American Smokeout

November 18, 2013 - 12:00pm

ALEXANDRIA, VA — The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) is helping to “finish the fight against cancer” by supporting the Great American Smokeout on Thursday, November 21. Ear, nose, and throat (ENT) manifestations of tobacco use—smoked, chewed, or dipped—include cancer of the lips, mouth, throat, and voice box (larynx); chronic rhinitis and sinusitis; chronic cough; gum disease; and precancerous lesions of the mouth and throat. Putting out the smoke can help prevent these conditions from developing, and improve ENT health.

“Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the world. Supporting the Great American Smokeout is one more way that we can take a stand against tobacco use, and help increase public awareness of its negative effects, especially to areas that our physicians treat within the head and neck,” said Dr. Richard W. Waguespack, president of AAO-HNS and its Foundation. 

The Great American Smokeout is an observance the American Cancer Society has led since 1976. It is held on the third Thursday of November. Smokers are encouraged to use the Smokeout date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance to quit smoking that day. Information about the impact smoking has on the ears, nose and throat can be found on More details about the Great American Smokeout, including resources for quitting smoking can be found at

About the AAO-HNS 
The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, one of the oldest medical associations in the nation, represents about 12,000 physicians and allied health professionals who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the ears, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. The Academy serves its members by facilitating the advancement of the science and art of medicine related to otolaryngology and by representing the specialty in governmental and socioeconomic issues. The organization's vision: “Empowering otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons to deliver the best patient care.” 

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