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November 19 Is The Great American Smokeout

Nov 10

At HealthCore Clinic, we know it isn’t easy to stop smoking. It takes time. And a plan. The Great American Smokeout is a great day to start your journey toward a smoke-free life. On November 19, join thousands of people who smoke across the country in taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing your cancer risk.

Know The Facts

Smoking remains the single largest preventable cause of death and illness in the world despite roughly 32.4 million American adults still smoking cigarettes. Smoking causes an estimated 480,000 deaths every year and more than 16 million Americans live with a smoking-related disease.

No matter your age or how long you’ve been smoking, stopping smoking improves health both immediately and over the long term. Becoming a non-smoker is a journey, and it can be hard, but you can increase your chances of success with a good plan and support. Getting help through counseling and medications doubles or even triples your chances of quitting successfully.

Stopping smoking is a process, and success looks different for different people. There are many ways to stop smoking, and some work better than others. At HealthCore Clinic, our smoking cessation team can tell you about the steps you can take to stop smoking and help you find programs, resources, and support that can increase your chances of becoming a non-smoker.

Benefits Of Becoming A Non-Smoker

Did you know that within minutes of smoking your last cigarette, your body begins to recover? Here is a timeline of some of the things that happen in your body as you become a non-smoker:

These are just a few of the benefits of stopping smoking. Becoming a non-smoker lowers your risk of diabetes, lets blood vessels work better, and helps your heart and lungs.

Life expectancy for smokers is at least 10 years shorter than that of non-smokers. Stopping smoking before the age of 40 reduces the risk of dying from smoking-related disease by about 90%.

Stopping while you’re younger will reduce your health risks more, but becoming a non-smoker at any age can give back years of life that would be lost by continuing to smoke.

Other Benefits

Aside from saving money you spent on tobacco, here are just a few other benefits you may notice:

Becoming a non-smoker also helps stop the damaging effects of tobacco on how you look, including premature wrinkling of your skin, gum disease, and tooth loss.

Smoking During COVID-19

Scientists are still learning about COVID-19, but we know that smoking weakens the immune system, which makes it harder for your body to fight diseases like the Coronavirus.

If you continue to smoke, you also have a greater risk for respiratory infections like colds and flu. And for those with heart or lung disease caused by smoking, you may be at higher risk of having severe illness from COVID-19.

COVID-19 is a great time to stop smoking. As detailed above, soon after you stop smoking your body begins to heal. Within the first few weeks and months, your lungs start to work better and your risk for a heart attack goes down.

HealthCore’s Approach

At HealthCore Clinic we believe in supporting smoking cessation through an integrated approach using behavioral, medical, dental, and pharmacy. This approach has a higher success rate than those who attempt to go “cold turkey” or stop smoking without a plan or support team.

For example, we’re taught from childhood that “quitting” is bad. We discourage quitting school activities, sports, jobs, and so on. So why use that word when stopping smoking?

Instead of “quitting smoking,” we help our people become “non-smokers.”

To learn more about our integrated approach to becoming a non-smoker, book an appointment today.

Where Do I Start?

You already have. By reading this article you are already telling yourself you are interested in becoming a non-smoker! Here are some tips on how to stop smoking during The Great American Smokeout:

These are just a few tips. For a comprehensive plan and a larger support team, contact HealthCore Clinic. Also, remember to forgive yourself if you slip up and have a tobacco product – you are not a failure. Simply remind yourself you are a non-smoker and get back to your healthy habits.

To learn more about The Great American Smokeout, check out the tools available at cancer.org.