Great American Smokeout

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The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November. This date is used to encourage smokers to create a quit plan or quit smoking. Tobacco remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet over 40 million Americans continue to smoke.

Benefits of Quitting Over Time:

20 minutes after quitting: Your heart rate and blood pressure drop

12 hours after quitting: your circulation improves and your lung function increases

2-3 months: Coughing and shortness of breath decreases.

1 year: The risk of coronary heart disease is cut in half compared to that of a smoker.

5 years: Risk of cancer of the throat, mouth, esophagus, and bladder are all cut in half. Cervical cancer risk falls to that of a non-smoker and stroke risk can fall to that of a non-smoker after 2-5 years.

10 years: The risk of dying from lunch cancer is cut in half and the risk of pancreas and larynx cancer decreases.

15 years: Risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker.

To learn more visit the websites below to find guides to quit smoking, support tools, and additional resources to help you or a loved one when they are ready to quit.

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www.cancer.org

www.ashline.org

www.quit.com

www.smokefree.gov

www.quitnet.com

Provided by Kendall Taylor of the Valley Schools Employee Benefits Trust (VSEBT) in their November 2015 Wellstyles Monthly Newsletter.

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