LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The special message Wednesday at the Capitol was "Stop smoking and reduce your risk of lung cancer."
The Coalition for a Tobacco Free Arkansas along with health officials commemorated Lung Cancer Awareness month in Little Rock. Health professionals hoped to raise awareness and to encourage smokers to quit or get help in getting rid of the bad habit.
Lung Cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in Arkansas and in the U.S., and sadly, the majority of it could be preventable.
"It's almost virtually a man made disease...something as individuals we can control," said Katherine Donald, Exec. Director, Coalition for Tobacco Free Arkansas
According to the C.D.C., more than 80 percent of lung cancer is caused by smoking.
Saturday is the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout, which is an event that encourages smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day.
You can get more information about the Great American Smokeout by going to the American Cancer Society website at http://www.cancer.org.