On Nov. 17th, individuals across the nation will come together in support of the 2016 Great American Smokeout, an event created by the American Cancer Society through an ongoing effort to promote smoking cessation throughout the states.
According to the American Cancer Society, there are roughly 40 million smokers located within the walls of our nation. Through events such as the Great American Smokeout, it is hoped that more and more citizens will make progressive strides to eliminate smoking from their lives, in turn, benefiting with healthier, longer lives.
Whether making a plan to quit in the future, or possibly even creating a plan to quit the day of the event, one thing is for sure, smokers actively participating in this event are taking the first stride toward achieving a healthier lifestyle, while reducing their risks of developing cancer.
According to recent statistics and research by the U.S. Surgeon General’s Office, an individual’s body begins immediate recovery within minutes of smoking their last cigarette.
Need some extra help to put down the habit? Smokefree.gov offers a five-step plan to help provide support and guidance to those wishing to ‘put down the pack’:
1. Make a Quit Plan to help you stay focused, confident, and motivates. Being honest about your needs is important when trying to take an approach to smoking cessation, and nicotine replacement therapy is available.
2. Stay busy! Whether you are going out for a walk, chewing on some gum or candy, exercising, playing a game, or just spending time with friends, being distracted from the habit of smoking will greatly enhance your ability to quit smoking.
3. Avoid smoking triggers such as places, things, people or situations that make you want to smoke, including caffeine, lack of sleep, and a routine that consists of being surrounded by people who smoke.
4. Stay positive! Don’t look at quitting one week at a time, or one month at time, but one minute to one hour at a time. Taking baby steps is key to smoking cessation.
5. Ask for help from family and friends!
YOU CAN DO THIS!