Great American Smokeout is Thursday

Tomorrow is the annual Great American Smokeout, the third Thursday of November when the American Cancer Society encourages tobacco users to set a plan for quitting - or actually use the day to try and make the break.

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US.

"In just 20 minutes after quitting or sustaining from smoking your heart rate drops and that's due to your vessels opening back up, they're not constricted anymore".

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According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs website, 70 percent of Veterans who use tobacco would like to quit.

The Great American Smokeout is focused on preventing lung cancer and getting people screened. There are so many individuals who regret the day they started smoking because eventually, they wanted to quit doing it.

We understand nicotine is a hard addiction to break.

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The carbon monoxide level in your blood returns to normal in 12 hours.

¯ A reduction in coughing and shortness of breath and a gain in the body's natural defenses against lung infections within nine months. Smoking also causes increased risk of heart disease, stroke and chronic lung diseases such as COPD and bronchitis and damages almost every organ in the body. The chance of getting lung cancer is cut in half ten years after kicking the habit.

McCubbrey said it typically takes a smoker seven to nine attempts to finally quit for good, and he said there are a variety of local services available to help in the pursuit. "It's a process that starts one day at a time, and the Division of Public Health has a variety of resources to help you start and be successful in your journey to leading a tobacco-free life". Smokers who quit at age 35 gain an average of eight years of life expectancy; those who quit at age 55 gain about five years; and even long-term smokers who quit at 65 gain three years.

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The Broome County Health Department held a news conference Thursday in recognition of the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout. For more information and resources, visit the American Cancer Society website at cancer.org/smokeout, or call them toll free at 1-800-227-2345.


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