Quitting smoking is not an easy task; it takes effort, support and a plan to achieve. The Great American Smokeout marks a journey towards a healthier, smoke free life, which will reduce your risk of cancer. You can increase your chances of success with help by utilizing online resources provided through The American Cancer Society, which provides quit-smoking programs and support near you.
The largest preventable cause of death and illness in the world is tobacco related, and nearly 38 million Americans still smoke cigarettes. Smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths every year, and more than 16 million Americans live with a smoking-related illness. Within minutes of smoking your last cigarette, your body begins to recover and offers many rewards right away such as saving money, food tasting better, and your sense of smell returning to normal.
If your friend or family member smokes, there are many ways as a loved one you can help. You can support them by respecting that the quitter is in charge and their lifestyle change is their challenge not yours, or letting the person know that you are there to talk whenever they need to hear encouraging words. Other options include doing activities with their loved one quitting smoking or making your own home smoke free. Just by providing these simple options of support, you can aid in your loved one quitting smoking.
Make November 15th, 2018 your commitment to a healthier life by joining the thousands of Americans who want to quit smoking by participating in The Great American Smokeout.