A new website, OneMillionQuitSmoking.com, has been launched with the goal of adding the names of one million people who have quit smoking. The purpose behind the website is to have one million former smokers provide encouragement and support to those who would like to quit smoking.
The site is the brainstorm of Darren Biddle, a former smoker, who wanted to do something to help others quit smoking. Biddle says, “I wanted to show smokers that if one million people can stop smoking…so can you”.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 10 smokers will die from smoking and 1 in 5 will experience a smoking related disease. That translates into 440,000 of the 45 million American smokers dying each year. Statistically speaking, that means that if 1 million people quit smoking 100,000 lives would be saved.
The website founder is confident that he’ll be able to reach the goal of one million names. When asked how long it would take him to get to a million names, he replied, “that depends on how fast we get the word out and on how many people we can get to help us spread the word…so far we have names from five different countries.”
Biddle goes on to say, “the great thing about the One Million Quit Smoking Challenge is that anyone who has ever smoked and quit can add their name…It doesn’t matter if they quit 25 years ago or today…by just adding their name they can make a difference and inspire and support others who want to quit smoking.”
You can follow the progress of the One Million Quit Smoking Challenge at http://www.onemillionquitsmoking.com/.
About The One Million Quit Smoking Challenge
Officially launched on February 19, 2007, onemillionquitsmoking.com is a not-for-profit organization designed to help encourage and inspire people worldwide to quit smoking.
For more information visit, http://www.onemillionquitsmoking.com.
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