The Great American Smokeout

With roughly 42 million American smokers, the American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout annually on the third Thursday of November. This initiative empowers smokers to make a plan for quitting. Even if they choose to honor the day by not smoking for 24 hours, a stride is made in the right direction. Since the 1970s, the Great American Smokeout has challenged people to stop using tobacco, and continues to help today by providing tools and resources for people to become and stay smoke free.

The Case for Quitting

According to the American Cancer Society, tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S. Tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, hundreds of which are toxic and 70 of which are known to cause cancer, putting smokers at greater risk for the following health concerns:

Heart disease
Emphysema
Chronic bronchitis
Lung cancer
And many more devastating diseases

The good news: the benefits of quitting begin immediately after a person stops smoking. Quitting at a young age can greatly reduce your health risks, but quitting at any age can provide further years and quality of life.

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*Graphic created and provided by the American Cancer Society.

Resources For Smokers

Research shows that smokers are most successful in kicking the habit when they have support. Using two or more of these resources works better than using one alone.

  • Telephone smoking-cessation hotlines in NC: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
  • Stop-smoking groups, online quit groups, counseling
  • Nicotine replacement products
  • Prescription medicine to reduce cravings
  • Guidebooks
  • Encouragement and support from friends and family members
Helpful Links

Quitline NC

Stay Away From Tobacco

Quit Net

Smoking-Related Medical Issues?

LeBauer Pulmonary/Critical Care physicians offer compassionate care for individuals who may be dealing with smoking-related medical issues.  For more information about LeBauer Pulmonary/Critical Care services and physicians, please call us at 336.547.1700 or learn more at our website https://www.lebauer.com/services/pulmonarycritical-care/.

 

Sources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

American Cancer Society

Quitline NC

 

 

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