You Can Quit Today!

Published On: Nov 22 2013 05:00:58 PM CST

Each year, on the third Thursday in November, the American Cancer Society sponsors the "Great American Smokeout."  It's a day designed to encourage current smokers to quit and begin living a healthier life. 

Quitting smoking will save your life.  Quitting can, in the long term, reduce the risk for lung and other cancers and cardiovascular disease; in fact, 10 years after quitting, your risk of dying from lung cancer is almost half the risk of a person who currently smokes.  But there are benefits that begin in the short term, almost immediately upon smoking cessation. 

  • Heart rate & blood pressure drop after 20 minutes
  • Carbon monoxide levels in your blood drop to normal after 12 hours
  • Your circulation & lung function improves after 3 months
  • Coughing & shortness of breath decrease after 1-9 months
  • Risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, & bladder are cut in half after 5 years

So you've seen the benefits.  Now make a plan to quit!  Need help?

  • Visit for resources & a Quit Coach
  • Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-866-784-8669)