Kick The Habit For Good
On November 19th, smokers across the nation will take part in the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout. The national event challenges you to stop using tobacco, helps you find resources to quit, and hopefully, use this day to kick the habit for good. There are many free resources available. Check out the links below.
So why all the focus on quitting? Tobacco cessation is one of the greatest behavior changes you can do to improve your overall health.
- Tobacco and Your Body: Smoking and nicotine harms nearly every organ in your body. In the U.S. alone, smoking is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 deaths. It promotes cataracts, which cloud the lens of the eye. It also causes premature wrinkling of the skin, and is linked to gum disease and tooth decay. It has been linked to higher incidences in bronchitis and pneumonia. It also can diminish your sense of taste and smell.
- Tobacco and Cancer: Nearly everyone knows that smoking can cause lung cancer, but few people realize it is related to higher risks of several other cancers as well. For those who chew tobacco; cancer of the mouth, nose, sinuses, voice box (larynx), throat (pharynx), and esophagus are higher. Smokers display a higher cancer risk of the bladder, kidney, pancreas, ovary, cervix, stomach, colon, and rectum, as well as acute myeloid leukemia.
- Tobacco and Cardiovascular Diseases: Smokers are twice as likely to die from heart attacks as non-smokers. Smoking is a major risk factor in narrowing of the blood vessels that carry blood to the leg and arm muscles. Smoking also affects the walls of the vessels that carry blood to the brain, which can cause strokes.
- What Are the Long-Term Benefits of Quitting Smoking?
- Quitting at age 30: Studies have shown that smokers who quit at about age 30 reduce their chance of dying prematurely from smoking-related diseases by more than 90 percent.
- Quitting at age 50: People who quit at about age 50 reduce their risk of dying prematurely by 50 percent compared with those who continue to smoke.
- Qutting starts improving your health right away. Check out this info graphic here (link) about what happens to your body when you quit.
- Want to quit? Please reach out to me if you would like to know more about the services we offer to help!
In good health,
Michelle Riley, MHS, RD
Source: American Cancer Society and the Centers for Disease Control