This Thursday is the Great American Smokeout. Debra Hesse from St. Mary's Cancer Center in Grand Junction stopped by the 95 Rock studios to discuss the dangers of smoking and the steps you can take to stop if you make that decision.

Here are some facts from the American Cancer Society.

About 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. As of 2013, there were also 12.4 million cigar smokers in the US, and over 2.3 million who smoke tobacco in pipes — other dangerous and addictive forms of tobacco.

By quitting — even for one day — you will be taking an important step toward a healthier life — one that can lead to reducing your cancer risk. It’s a race for your health, and it starts today. Today’s the day that quitters win.

For more information, feel free to contact Debra at St. Mary's Cancer Center at 970-298-2351.