The Great American Smokeout
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According to The American Cancer Society (@AmericanCancer), “Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, accounting for 29% of all cancer deaths. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for men and women.” For more than 40 years, the American Cancer Society has hosted the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November. The Great American Smokeout event challenges people to stop smoking and helps people learn about the many tools they can use to help them quit and stay quit. To support the cause we have pulled together some tips, resources and information about the effects of smoking and how to quit.
Benefits of Quitting
Did you know that the health benefits of quitting smoking can help most of the major parts of your body: from your brain to your DNA?
— SmokefreeUS @NCI (@SmokefreeUs) November 17, 2021
Smoking and COVID-19
Smoking is never a good idea but during a pandemic that attacks your respiratory system it is even more dangerous. According to smokefree.org, COVID-19 has many people feeling stressed, alone, or worried about their health. It’s a lot to deal with if you’re trying to stop smoking or stay smokefree if you’ve already quit. But not smoking (or using any tobacco products) is one of the best ways to protect and improve your health. While scientists are still learning about the disease, there are some things they know for sure about smoking and COVID-19.
Health Effects of Tobacco Use
COPD Day falls on the third Wednesday in November each year. FDA informs readers about the Health Effects of Tobacco Use.
Today is World COPD Day. An estimated 100,000 people in the U.S. die each year from COPD caused by cigarette smoking.
— FDA Tobacco (@FDATobacco) November 17, 2021
Get 24/7 support with a Smokefree app for your smartphone. These free apps offer help just for you based on your smoking patterns, moods, motivation to quit, and quitting goals. Tag the locations and times of day when you need extra support. Available for iOS and Android phones.
Fall is the season of change. 🍂
— FDA Tobacco (@FDATobacco) November 10, 2021
How to quit smoking: 5 actions you can take now
CNN reprts that in 2019, more than 34 million Americans smoked, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That was almost 14% of Americans 18 and older. Cigarettes have chemicals that can make this addiction particularly insidious. Despite the steep uphill battle, the addiction can be overcome. Here are five actions you can take to help you or a loved one quit smoking and enjoy a healthier life.
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You can quit smoking. Medicine can help.
According to the CDC (@CDCgov), seven FDA-approved medicines are proven to help adults quit smoking: nicotine patch, lozenge, gum, oral inhaler, nasal spray, and two pill medicines, varenicline and bupropion. Some medicines are prescribed by your doctor, and others you can get over the counter at a pharmacy.
— CDC Tobacco Free (@CDCTobaccoFree) November 15, 2021