The 2014 Great American Smokeout (GASO) is on Thursday, November 20th. GASO encourages the 43 million people who smoke to quit for 24 hours; hoping that this 24 hour challenge will motivate people to stay smoke free.
The health benefits of quitting start immediately after you stop smoking. The younger you are when you quit, the more likely you can reduce multiple health risks and add more years back to your life.
After only ____ of not smoking…
• 20 minutes: your heart rate and blood pressure drop
• 12 hours: the carbon monoxide levels in your body go back to normal
• 2 weeks – 3 months: your circulation improves and your lung function increases
• 1-9 months: coughing and shortness of breath decrease, and lungs are clean which reduces the risk of infection
• 1 year: The risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a continuing smokers.
• 5 years: The risk of mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder cancer is half of that of a continuing smoker.
• 10 years: Your risk of dying of lung cancer is half that of a continuing smoker.
• 15 years: The risk of coronary heart disease is the same as non-smokers.
If you smoke, or know someone that does, spread the word about this day and take the challenge!
Written by Courtney Miklos, Volunteer