What is the great American Smokeout? Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout. The event challenges smokers to quit for one whole day. Smokers may use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life, one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.
We challenge you! Take on this challenge by pledging to quit for 24 hours, or helping someone quit. To get involved with this great initiative, just put the cigarettes away for 24 hours, lock it up, throw it away, and distance yourself from cigarettes! Some tips to help prepare you for this challenge include: Keep water and or juices on hand, create your own snack pack such as carrots, celery, sugarless gum or sugarless candy; change your daily routine (like take a different route to work); plan on taking a 10 minute afternoon walk; call or talk to a friend when you feel an urge to smoke; have a “things to do” list for the day and keep busy.
Quitting smoking is not easy, but don’t you deserve to give yourself the chance to quit? Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States, yet about 43.8 million Americans still smoke cigarettes - nearly 1 in every 5 adults. Even after one day of quitting, you’ll start to feel better because within 20 minutes of quitting, blood pressure and pulse rate drop to normal levels, and within 8 hours carbon monoxide and oxygen levels return to normal.
You can increase your chances of success at quitting with some help and by knowing what resources are available and where to get help. Some resources include: telephone smoking-cessation hotlines; stop-smoking groups; online quit groups; counseling; nicotine replacement products; prescription medicine to lessen cravings; guide books; encouragement and support from friends and family members! And using 2 or more of these measures can help cease tobacco use better than using any one method alone. So, loose the excuse! Whether you tell yourself that you smoke to stay alert, calm stress, avoid weight gain or deal with boredom, know that there are other better and more productive ways to handle challenges of everyday life.
The Fort Bliss Tobacco Cessation Program at SPC Mendoza SFCC and at WBAMC provides tobacco users with education, social support, counseling, nicotine replacement therapy and prescription medicines to maximize your chances of success. Please call us to enroll at 915-742-1343. Also visit www.cancer.org; ucanquit2.org; www.lung.org