Today is the 37th annual American Cancer Society’s ‘Great American Smokeout’ ~ a day to focus and encourage smokers to make a plan to quit, or to at least quit for a day, taking a step, any step, toward a healthier, smoke-free lifestyle.
According to American Cancer Society statistics, “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.”
There are so many available tools, and so many people who care about the health of the smokers in their lives; every smoker should ‘take a risk’ and quit for their own health and happiness, and for their loved ones who hope to see them around many years longer. And the positive effects begin almost immediately!
20 minutes after quitting
Your heart rate and blood pressure drop.
(Effect of smoking on arterial stiffness and pulse pressure amplification, Mahmud A, Feely J. Hypertension. 2003:41:183)
12 hours after quitting
The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
(US Surgeon General’s Report, 1988, p. 202)
2 weeks to 3 months after quitting
Your circulation improves and your lung function increases.
(US Surgeon General’s Report, 1990, pp.193, 194,196, 285, 323)
1 to 9 months after quitting
Coughing and shortness of breath decrease; cilia (tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of the lungs) start to regain normal function in the lungs, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce the risk of infection.
(US Surgeon General’s Report, 1990, pp. 285-287, 304)
The American Cancer Society has a fantastic resource guide to quitting smoking that is sure to have a method and plan to work for even the most stubborn smoking habit. Click the link above, take the challenge, quit today !