Cigarette smoking is the major cause of preventable deaths in the United States. On average, people who smoke die 5 to 8 years earlier than people who don’t smoke.
It’s no secret that smoking is a hard habit to break. That’s why E.H.A.P. joins the American Cancer Society in promoting The Great American Smokeout. This year’s event is scheduled for Thursday, November 17. E.H.A.P. urges smokers to quit smoking for that day. As the saying goes, “If you can quit for one day, you can quit FOREVER!”
The American Cancer Society suggests that benefits from quitting will begin almost immediately:
Within the first minute of quitting:
- Your blood pressure goes down.
- Your heart rate goes down.
- Your lung capacity increases.
- You can taste your food better.
And, over time:
- You can walk up the stairs easier because you have increased energy and stamina.
- Your clothes won’t smell like smoke.
- You’ll save a lot of money.
- After a year of not smoking, your risk of heart disease decreases by half.
- You lower your risk of cancer.
The American Cancer Society can double your changes of quitting successfully. To find out more, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org anytime, day or night.