Great American Smokeout, November 19.
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States and accounts for nearly half a million deaths each year (includes those who smoke and those exposed to secondhand smoke).
The effects of smoking extend to others as there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke, hence choosing to quit benefits not only yourself but those around you!
Started in the 1970s, the Great American Smokeout takes place every year on the third Thursday of November, as a way to empower smokers to quit.
Smoking Fast Facts
- Smoking leads to disease and disability and harms nearly every organ of the body.
- Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death.
- The tobacco industry spends billions of dollars each year on marketing cigarettes.
- Smoking costs the United States billions of dollars each year.
- States do not spend much of the money they get from tobacco taxes and lawsuits to prevent smoking and help smokers quit. CDC recommends that states spend 12% of those funds on tobacco control.
- In 2018, 13.7% of all adults (34.2 million people) currently smoked cigarettes: 15.6% of men, 12.0% of women.
- Thousands of young people start smoking cigarettes every day.
- Many adult cigarette smokers want to quit smoking.
Quitting smoking is not an easy task. Here are some tips to quit and overcome the challenge and cravings:
- Pick the date and mark it on your calendar
- Tell friends and family about your Quit Day
- Get rid of all cigarettes and ashtrays in your home, car, and at work
- Take care of yourself – eat right, sleep well, and exercise
- Spend time in places where smoking is not permitted or present
- Practice saying, “No thank you, I don’t smoke”
- Identify triggers and/or activities associated with smoking (e.g. regular breaks at work; drinking alcohol or coffee; stressful situations)
- Stock up on items to satisfy your hand-to-mouth habit: hold a pencil/pen, toothpick, straw, sugarless gum, sugar-free lollipops, etc.
- Take deep breaths to relax
- Call a friend or family member when you need extra help or support
- Think about past quit attempts and try to figure out what worked best and what didn’t. By practicing these tips, your urges for a cigarette should lessen over time.
- If you want to quit, choose the Great American Smokeout as your quit date!
To see how your body recovers within minutes of quitting view the infographic below and share with others.