Yesterday, November 21st, was The American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout. They have designated the third Thursday of November each year as a day to encourage smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting — even for one day — smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing their cancer risk.
Even though the day has come and gone this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t make a plan today! You can get information on why to quit and tips on how to quit by following this link, http://www.cancer.org/healthy/stayawayfromtobacco/greatamericansmokeout/index
Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet about 43.8 million Americans still smoke cigarettes — Nearly 1 in every 5 adults. As of 2010, there were also 13.2 million cigar smokers in the US, and 2.2 million who smoke tobacco in pipes — other dangerous and addictive forms of tobacco.
The health benefits of quitting start immediately from the moment of smoking cessation. Quitting while you are younger will reduce your health risks more, but quitting at any age can give back years of life that would be lost by continuing to smoke.
Whether it was yesterday, today or tomorrow, make a plan to quit and take the first step to lowering your risk for disease and creating a healthier lifestyle for yourself and the ones around you.