Thursday, November 16 is the Great American Smoke Out. This is the day where persons who smoke, chew, or use other forms of commercial tobacco can end the hold tobacco has over them!
The Canli Coalition of Cheyenne River is challenging people of all ages who use cigarettes, cigars, chew, e-cigarettes or other commercial tobacco products to go just one day without using tobacco on November 16 and to take their pledge to be “Smoke-Free for a day”. If someone does not use commercial tobacco they can participate in the Great American Smoke-Out by pledging to “Support a Quitter” for the day. By quitting — even for one day — tobacco users will be taking an important step towards a healthier life!
To take the Great American Smoke-out pledge you can visit the Canli Coalition Facebook page at www.facebook.com/canlicoalitionofcrst and post “Smoke-Free for a day” or “Support a Quitter” or you can sign one of the pledge sheets that coalition members and teens are circulating across Cheyenne River. Everyone who pledges is encouraged to tell their friends and family that you are “pledging to be tobacco free for the day or supporting a quitter” and ask them to help you keep your pledge then, challenge them to pledge as well!
The South Dakota QuitLine offers a Kick Start Kit which has two weeks of nicotine replacement options – patches, gum or lozenges. The SD QuitLine also has trained coaches to help someone through the quitting process. Call the SD QuitLine at 1-866-SD-Quits (1-866-737-8487) or go to www.SD.QuitLine.com
There are many health benefits to quit using cigarettes, chew and other forms of commercial tobacco. Below is the American Cancer Society’s timeline of health benefits for persons who quit smoking.
• 20 minutes after quitting a person’s heart rate and blood pressure drops.
• 12 hours after quitting the carbon monoxide level in the blood drops to normal.
• Within 2 weeks to 3 months after quitting circulation improves and lung function increases.
• Between 1 and 9 months after quitting coughing and shortness of breath decreases. The cilia which are tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of the lungs start to regain normal function in the lungs which increases an individual’s ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs and reduce the risk of infection.
• 1 year after quitting the risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a continuing smoker’s.
• 5 years after quitting the risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder are cut in half. Cervical cancer risk falls to that of a non-smoker. Stroke risk can fall to that of a non-smoker after 2-5 years.
• 10 years after quitting the risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a person who is still smoking. The risk of cancer of the larynx (voice box) and pancreas also decreases.
• 15 years after quitting the risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker’s.
Quitting smoking or using tobacco is the best thing you can do for you and your family even if you have smoked or used other forms for many years. There are many reasons to quit smoking. Don’t stop trying until you find yours! Take the Great American Smoke-Out pledge to “Quit Tobacco” or “Support a Quitter” on Thursday, November 16th. One day can lead to two days, three and more!