In 1974 Lynn Smith, a Minnesota newspaper publisher, started a “Don’t Smoke Day” to encourage people everywhere to stop smoking. It has gone on to become “The Great American Smokeout Day” which is sponsored by the American Cancer Society. The concept is to have every smoker agree to not smoke at all for 24 hours on the third Thursday Of November in hopes that many people will give up cigarettes all together!
The Original 1-800 Charity Cars, an award winning national car donation/distribution organization, would like to provide everyone with some information, and resources to help you kick the habit for the great American Smokeout.
SMOKING STATISTICS ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
- Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet about 43.6 million Americans still smoke cigarettes.
- Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for men and women. About 87% of lung cancer deaths in men and 70% in women are thought to result from smoking.
- Smoking also causes cancers of the larynx (voice box), mouth, sinuses, pharynx (throat), esophagus (swallowing tube), and bladder. It also has been linked to the development of cancers of the pancreas, cervix, ovary (mucinous), colon/rectum, kidney, stomach, and some types of leukemia.
- Smoking is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 deaths in the US. Another 8.6 million people live with serious illnesses caused by smoking.
THE BENEFITS OF QUITTING SMOKING
When a person decides to stop smoking on November 20th for the great American Smokeout, within 20 minutes of taking that last puff their body starts going through healing changes that will continue for many years to come, until their body has healed itself to that of a non-smoker!
- 20 MINUTES- Blood pressure, pulse rate, and body temperature of hands and feet go back to normal.
- 8 HOURS- Carbon monoxide level drops, and oxygen level increases within the blood to normal.
- 24 HOURS- Risk of a heart attack decreases.
- 48 HOURS- Smell and taste return. Nerve endings will also begin to regrow.
- 2 WEEKS TO 3 MONTHS- Lung function improves by 30%, circulation gets better and walking is easier.
- 1 TO 9 MONTHS- Energy increases, lungs improve making infections less likely, mucus easier to handle, coughing, shortness of breath, sinus congestion and fatigue decreases.
- 1 YEAR- Risk of heart disease becomes half of that of a smoker.
- 5 YEARS- Chance of lung cancer death is cut down by half for an average smoker. Risk for stroke now decreases to that of a nonsmoker, and cancer of the throat or mouth is half of that of a smoker.
- 10 YEARS- Chance of lung cancer death is now that of a nonsmoker. Any precancerous cells are replaced, and other cancer risks such as of the esophagus, bladder, pancreas, and kidney decreases.
- 15 YEARS- Risk of heart disease is now that of a nonsmoker.
RESOURCES AND SMOKING CESSATION AIDS FOR QUITTING
- Chantix (Varenicline)- CHANTIX is a prescription medication that, along with support, helps adults 18 and over stop smoking. http://www.chantix.com
- Zyban (Bupropion SR)- Bupropion is a pill you take to reduce your craving for tobacco. http://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/bupropion-hydrochloride-zyban-for-quitting-smoking
- Nicotine patch- The nicotine patch is a small, self-adhesive patch that releases a slow, steady amount of nicotine into your body through your skin. http://www.nicodermcq.com/
- Nicotine gum- Nicotine gum contains a small amount of nicotine, which is absorbed through the lining of your mouth. http://www.nicorette.com
- Nicotine lozenge- Nicotine lozenges are tablets that contain a small amount of nicotine. http://www.nicorette.com/nicorette-lozenge/
- Nicotine inhaler- The nicotine inhaler is a device that gives you a small dose of nicotine. http://www.nicotrol.com/
- Nicotine nasal spray- The nicotine nasal spray delivers a solution into your nostrils that contains a small dose of nicotine. http://www.nicorette.co.uk/products/nasal-spray
- E-Cigarettes- An electronic cigarette, personal vaporizer (PV) or electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) is a battery-powered vaporizer which has the feel of tobacco smoking http://www.blucigs.com/
- Counseling and support groups- Call 1- 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669) to find out about free telephone counseling services and programs near you.
WEBSITES FOR QUITTING
- Freedom from smoking- http://www.ffsonline.org/
- Quit Now- http://www.quitnow.ca/my-quit-centre/services
- SmokeFree- http://smokefree.gov/
- American Cancer Society- http://www.cancer.org/%20healthy/stayawayfromtobacco/guidetoquittingsmoking/index
- Help Guide- http://www.helpguide.org/articles/addiction/how-to-quit-smoking.htm
- Quitnet- http://www.quitnet.com/qnhomepage.aspx
- American Lung Association- http://www.lung.org/stop-smoking/
- Medline Plus- http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/quittingsmoking.html
We are not associated with, and cannot guarantee any of the aids mentioned above to quit smoking, but do hope you find some useful resources to quit smoking on this great American Smokeout day.
Whatever you decide to do, whether it is to quit smoking for 24 hours in honor of The Great American Smokeout Day, or make it your day to stop all together, we hope all smokers will use this chance to assist you in your journey. We here at The Original 1-800 Charity Cars, operators of 800charitycars.org and freecharitycars.org, wish you all a successful end to smoking, and a new beginning for the rest of your healthier life!
“It takes a lot of dedication to quit smoking, and whether you give up for good on your first try or have to give it a couple of tries – just keep swinging at it and you will succeed.” ~ Harmon Killebrew