Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event. Encourage someone you know to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. By quitting — even for 1 day — smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk.
About 40 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world. While cigarette smoking rates have dropped (from 42% in 1965 to 17% in 2014), cigar, pipe, and hookah — other dangerous and addictive ways to smoke tobacco — are very much on the rise. Smoking kills people — there's no "safe" way to smoke tobacco.
Quitting is hard, but you can increase your chances of success with help. The American Cancer Society can tell you about the steps you can take to quit smoking and provide quit-smoking programs, resources and support that can increase your chances of quitting successfully.
To learn about the available tools, call (800) 227-2345.
Quit Smoking — Start Healing
The Benefits of Quitting Smoking
|20 Min||Heart rate and blood pressure are stabilized; You stop polluting the air|
|24 Hours||Smoker's breath disappears; Oxygen levels normalize|
|2-3 Days||Sense of taste and smell improve; Breathing is easier|
|1-9 Months||Blood circulation and energy levels improve; Exercising becomes easier|
|1-5 Years||Lower risk of heart disease and stroke|
|10 Years||Risk of heart disease is same as of a non-smoker|