We all know that smoking and tobacco in general are bad for your health and that it can lead to cancer. According to cancer.org, 42,000,000 Americans smoke cigarettes, that number is not including the number of Americans who smoke cigars and tobacco in pipes (those numbers are also in the millions). Some have the mindset that people who smoke can quit whenever that want, but smoking is an addiction and it can take a lot to quit. That is why the American Cancer Society started the Great American Smokeout Event.
The Great American Smokeout is a yearly event that occurs on the third Thursday of November. It is a day that the American Cancer Society hopes to “encourage smokers to go the distance, and to finally give up smoking.”1 This year the Great American Smokeout occurs on Thursday November 19th. All it takes is a decision to quit, to set into motion everything that it actually takes to quit.
Deciding to quit smoking is a serious commitment and should never be taken lightly. There are several things that can be done in order to quit smoking. The first and most important thing to do is to pick a date when you are going to stop smoking. Make sure that the date you pick is in a reasonable time frame so that you do not give yourself a lot of time to think and possibly change your mind. If you do decide to quit then tell others about it. Telling others will help to keep you honest and on track.2 To learn more about what you can do to quit smoking visit cancer.org.
Some may think that it takes months or even years to see the effects of quitting, but in reality there are effects that happen immediately. Within the first twenty minutes after a person stops smoking, their heart rate and blood pressure drop. Twelve hours after quitting, the carbon monoxide level that built up from smoking drops to a normal level. For every day, week, month, and year that a person stops smoking they are greatly reducing their risk for cancer.3
Smoking is one of the leading causes of disease and death that can be prevented. All it takes is a choice to quit and the choice is yours. Join the Great American Smokeout to put an end to smoking and improve your health. The day that you decide to quit is the first day of the rest of your life.