Waushara County Health News
November 16 is the Great American Smokeout, an annual intervention event created by the American Cancer Society, which challenges people to quit smoking.
Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world. According to the American Cancer Society, about 36.5 million Americans still smoke cigarettes.
Even though cigarette smoking rates have dropped, cigar, pipe, and hookah use are very much on the rise. Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term health benefits at any age. The sooner you quit, the more you can reduce your chances of developing cancer and other diseases.
Here are a few of the benefits of quitting smoking:
• 20 minutes after quitting, your heart rate and blood pressure drop.
• 12 hours after quitting, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
• 2 weeks to 3 months after quitting, your circulation improves and your lung function increases.
• 1 to 9 months after quitting, coughing and shortness of breath decrease. Tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of the lungs start to regain normal function in your lungs, increasing their ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce the risk of infection.