|It's the third Thursday of November and that means the Great American Smokeout is taking place.
This year is no different as the American Cancer Society and Knox County Health Department are asking smokers to put down their cigarettes for a day.
Researchers say that quitting smoking can increase life expectancy by up to eight years before the age of 35.
Wellness Promotion Supervisor at the Knox County Health Department Erin Olson tells WGIL there isn't an event, it's more just a day to participate in.
"It's just a day that we encourage smokers to quit for the day," says Olson. "Today is one of those days where it's ok to be a quitter. If you can put it down for a day, you can put it down to two which turns into three and on and on."
The Smokeout started as a celebration in 1976.
20 minutes after putting down that last cigarette, your heart rate and blood pressure drops.
Olson went on to say that if you are participating and need resources, you can call the Knox County Health department or the Illinois Tobacco Quitline.