In an effort to get more smokers to quit the nasty habit, the American Cancer Society is promoting “The Great American Smokeout” of 2015 – where many are making a pledge to quit smoking for one day only.
On Thursday, November 19th, 2015, many addicts may not be able to say, “I’ll stop smoking for a year,” or even a month or a week (!) but they can surely stop smoking for the day. It’s a great way to make people realize that even a small stepping stone can be the beginning of something great.
If you’re having trouble taking the plunge or hesitating at all, Cancer.org has some great resources to help you make the pledge From persuasive infographics to tools for creating smoking support groups, the online site has all the info you could ever need to get you started.
Need some preliminary enticing? Did you know that after 20 minutes of not smoking, your heart rate and blood pressure drop? Yep. And after 12 hours, the carbon monoxide level in your blood also drops to normal.
Can you imagine how many more positive benefits there are to reap from a more long term non-smoking commitment? Even after just a month of not smoking, your coughing and shortness of breath may noticeably begin to decrease! Imagine that. Being able to walk up the subway steps and not get winded?! It’s possible and it all starts with The Great American Smokeout.
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