November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and yesterday marked the Great American Smokeout. About 36 and 1/2 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco usage is the single largest preventable cause of disease and preventable death in the world. Laura Kratz is a CT/MRI Technologist for Holy Family Memorial’s Diagnostic Imaging, and she warns that while smokers are at a higher risk of cancer, so are those around them. She states, “A lot of these people that are being diagnosed, have had long exposure to secondhand smoke.” Smokers were asked to take part in the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout, which is observed on the third Thursday of November. It encourages smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit.