Great American Smokeout 2008: Smoking Compromises Life
Today is the national smoke out day 2008. The smokers and those who are helping others to quit smoking celebrating (if you can call it that way) the 33rd Great American Smokeout 2008. The American Cancer Society that has inaugurated the Great American Smokeout in 1976 in a new release says smoking compromises the quality of life even in the old age.
According to American Cancer Society "University of Helsinki researchers followed a group of 1658 men for 26 years, and found that those who smoked 20 or more cigarettes a day (heavy smokers) had far more difficulty later in life than non-smokers, even if they quit smoking during the study period. Never-smokers, meanwhile, lived 10 years longer and enjoyed a better quality-of-life in their later years than heavy smokers.
"It is not just that the heavy smoker loses 10 years of life expectancy but rather than at any given age, the functional capacities of the heavy smoker are equivalent to those of nonsmokers who are 10 years older. The clear message is that smoking makes you old before your time," wrote David M. Burns, M.D., in an accompanying editorial."
Ahead of the Great American Smokeout 2008 the Cancer Society says not to start smoking, and in case you are smoking quit.
On this national smoke out day keep in mind the negative effects of smoking. It ages you and compromises your quality-of-life. Cigarette smoking accounts for at least 30% of all cancer deaths and is linked to heart disease, aneurysms, bronchitis, emphysema, and stroke, in addition to other problems. It is very important to know that the negative effects of smoking linger long after you quit smoking. The best way to protect yourself is to never start in the first place.
The following tips from the The Foundation For a Smokefree America may help you to quit smoking and can serve as a first step to help you to do something and quit smoking on this day of Great American Smokeout 2008. "If you have tried to quit smoking and failed before, take comfort in the fact that most smokers fail several times before quitting successfully. Your past failures are not a lesson that you are unable to quit. Instead, view them as part of the normal journey toward becoming a nonsmoker."
There are two phases to help smokers to quit smoking.
* Phase One — Quitting with help
* Phase Two — Staying smokefree and not relapsing
Get help for giving up smoking, lots of it. Get into a good program, or better yet, a combination of more than one. Call your local branch of the American Cancer Society, or the American Lung or Heart Associations. All have inexpensive and effective, mainstream programs.
For the phase two remember this. After you quick smoking at some point you will be attacked by an overwhelming urge to smoke. After the urges to smoke have become more and more infrequent, overwhelming surprise attacks are sure to come, a few weeks and months into your new smoke free life. When these nearly out-of-control urges come take a deep breath. If you could just HOLD ON for 5 minutes the overpowering urge to smoke would completely pass.
The CDC reports there were 43.4 million current smokers in the U.S. (19.8%) in 2007 -- a one percent decline from the 20.8% in 2006. The findings were based on data from the 2007 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) and published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).
"These data tell us we have made exceptional progress in the effort to reduce and eventually eliminate the death, disease, and economic challenges that tobacco use brings on its users," said Thomas J. Glynn, PhD, American Cancer Society's director of cancer science and trends and international cancer control. "Adult tobacco user prevalence is now under 20 percent for the first time since tobacco use rates began to fall during the mid-1960s."
Great American Smokeout 2008, and the American Cancer Society continue the legacy of providing free resources to help smokers quit. The Great American Smokeout was inaugurated in 1976 to inspire and encourage smokers to quit for one day. Now, 44.2 percent of the 45.3 million Americans who smoke have attempted to quit for at least one day in the past year, and the Great American Smokeout remains a great opportunity to encourage people to commit to making a long-term plan to quit for good.
Therefore, take an action on this national smoke out day 2008. Either quit smoking or help someone to give the bad habit of smoking on this Great american Smokeout day.