This Month, Create a Plan to Quit Smoking

This Month, Create a Plan to Quit Smoking
November 5, 2019 The Great American Smokeout takes place on November 21st. Learn about the health benefits associated with quitting smoking and create your plan today.

The Great American Smokeout exists to help smokers create a plan to start living healthier, smoke-free lives. Like us, the American Cancer society understands that kicking a long-term habit is hard, so they’ve compiled a list of resources to help interested individuals get started.

What are the Benefits of Quitting Smoking?

While quitting may seem daunting, it comes with a number of benefits including:

  • Improved circulation and lung function
  • Less coughing and a reduced risk of infection
  • Decreased risk of developing diabetes
  • Sharply reduced risk of having a heart attack
  • Lessened chance of developing premature wrinkles, gum disease, and tooth loss

Quitting smoking adds years to your life and, if you quit before you turn 40, you reduce the risk of dying due to a smoke-related health issue by 90%. It’s great for your overall wellbeing and it’s definitely worth a try.

Being unsuccessful in the past doesn't mean quitting is impossible. Remember, there are various methods you can utilize, including therapy, nicotine replacement therapy, prescription medication, and gradual withdrawal. If you feel one method isn’t particularly helpful, don’t be afraid to try something new!

If you have a loved one who smokes and you’re interested in helping them quit, check out these helpful dos and don’ts. Your support will make a world of difference.