Not only is quitting smoking possible, it is the single most important thing you can do to improve the length and quality of your life. If you still haven’t kicked the habit, you may have many different feelings about quitting smoking. You know all the reasons why you should quit, but you may not be sure you can quit or if the time is right. Most smokers feel that way when they first decide to quit. But millions have quit and so can you.
The American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event is your chance to triumph over addiction. Every November, the American Cancer Society sets aside the third Thursday to encourage smokers to go the distance, and to finally give up smoking. 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. Maybe you need a little motivation:
DID YOU KNOW?
- There are now more ex-smokers than smokers in the United States.
- 52 million Americans who used to smoke have now quit for good.
- Many had to try a few times but they didn’t give up and now they are smoke free.
The decision to quit smoking is one that only you can make. Others may want you to quit, but the real commitment must come from you. Here are some quitting resources that may help:
- The EX Plan – is a free quit smoking program, one that can show you a whole new way to think about quitting. It’s based on personal experiences from ex-smokers as well as the latest scientific research from the experts at Mayo Clinic. BecomeAnEx.org, a free resource for tobacco users who want to quit. Here smokers can continue to smoke while they create free, personalized quit plans which track the triggers that lead them to light up, such as alcohol, parties, or a difficult boss. And when they do quit, and those cravings start to mount, a live virtual support group will be there to help. This extraordinary program was developed using the latest research by the American Legacy Foundation, the group created with $2 billion of the $240 billion settlement of the lawsuits by the States against Big Tobacco.
- 1-877-44U-Quit – is the National Cancer Institute’s Smoking Quitline, 1-877-44U-Quit, which also offers proactive counseling by trained personnel in both English and Spanish. Whether you are ready to quit or just thinking about it, call 1-877-44U-Quit for free support with a trained counselor. When you call, a staff person will offer a choice of free services, including mailed self-help literature, a referral list of other local programs, and one-one-counseling over the phone.
According to the American Cancer Society, eliminating smoking has both immediate and long-term rewards. Within weeks of quitting, blood pressure lowers and blood circulation improves. One year after quitting, the risk of heart disease from smoking decreases by half. Five years after you quit smoking, the risk of certain cancers caused by smoking decreases by fifty percent. Research also indicates that stopping smoking is crucial in the management of many contributors to heart attack. These include atherosclerosis, thrombosis, coronary artery disease, and cardiac arrhythmias. Anyone who wants to quit smoking can visit a provider at any of the 15 Catawba Valley Family Medicine (CVFM) practices, to get information to help tackle this goal. A list of CVFM locations and directions are available at http://www.cvmgonline.com.