Saturday, November 19th is the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout event. Smoke from across the nation can use this day as a way to finally decide that they should quit smoking, or have it be the day when they actually quit. Either way, the goal is to create more non-smokers.
According to the CDC, as of 2014, approximately 17% of American adults smoked cigarettes. That equates to about 40 million adults. There have been many studies done showing the harmful effects of cigarettes, yet many adults continue to smoke.
With the Great American Smokeout just around the corner, we want to share 10 reasons why you should quit smoking cigarettes today:
- The smoking rate has declined in the last 10 years; 21% in 2005 to 17% in 2014. More people realize the harm smoking does to their bodies.
- Even with the drop in number of people smoking, almost 500,000 deaths each year can be attributed to smoking. This is 1 in every 5 deaths.
- Smoking can hard almost every organ in your body and can cause many diseases.
- Smoking is the cause of over a dozen cancers, including esophagus, lung, stomach, liver, kidney, cervix, bladder, colorectal and more.
- Smoking causes 90 percent of all lung cancer deaths.
- Smoking causes almost 2 dozen chronic diseases, such as stroke, cataracts, heart disease, pneumonia, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, reduced fertility, arthritis and more.
- Smoking may increase your risk of stroke and heart disease by 2 to 4 times.
- Smokers are 12 to 13 times more likely to die from COPD than nonsmokers.
- Within 2 to 5 years after you quit smoking your risk of having a stroke could fall to the same level as a nonsmoker.
- Within ten years after you quit smoking your risk of lung disease drops by half.
If you haven’t seriously thought about quitting smoking in the past, now is as good a time as any. There are deadly consequences to people who continue to smoke. As each year goes by once you quit, you start to reverse the negative effects smoking had on your body. We have seen first-hand what a lifetime of smoking does to the health of a person. Use the Great American Smokeout event on November 19th as your reason to quit.
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