This week we celebrated the Great American Smokeout, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, which aims to encourage smokers to quit the habit. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of cancer and cancer-related deaths. While there are many risks from smoking, the body demonstrates an amazing recovery after quitting.
Here are some reasons to quit smoking today:
- Health will improve. – By quitting, the risk of heart disease and various cancers is cut in half compared to those who continue to smoke.
- Food tastes better. – Everyone loves food, so why not enjoy it to the fullest? When you quit smoking, your meals will begin to taste better—just in time for the holidays!
- It saves money. – With the recent passing of California Proposition 56, it will cost an extra $2.00 per pack of cigarettes. Each time you feel an urge to buy a pack, put that cash into a money jar or savings account for your dream vacation fund. You’ll be happy you did.
- You’re protecting others. – With Thanksgiving just around the corner, you don’t want to leave friends and family vulnerable to second-hand smoke. Instead, consider sharing a slice of your favorite pie with a niece or nephew.
- You can give back. – Make it your mission to quit smoking and educate others until it is eliminated. Quitting not only empowers you, but it empowers the next generation to be the #FirstTobaccoFreeGeneration!
If you know someone who smokes, offer to help them make a plan to quit or pledge to give up junk food as they give up smoking. Know the do’s and don’ts and ask questions to be considerate and respectful of your smoker’s wishes. Understand that quitting is a process and above all else, just be there as a support system.
If you are a smoker, plan to quit on this day. Don’t hesitate to reach out for support. If you need help for cravings or want to speak to someone, FHCSD is available to help you. We offer free smoking cessation classes for those who want to quit. Call (619) 515-2526 for more information.
Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; www.cancer.org; calmatters.org.