Drop Smoking During The Great American Smokeout 2008
Public smoking laws are frequently ignored. Most recently, India initiated a smoking ban, but many experts wondered if it would work. A major impetus to save lives through smoking cessation will save millions of lives worldwide. The Great American Smokeout 2008 is the latest effort to curb a genuine global health issue of smoking. Today is a focus of much attention to encourage Americans to stop smoking.
The New England Journal of Medicine, earlier this year, published a paper warning that deaths from smoking in India could reach a million by 2010. Lead author Dr Prabhat Jha, at that time, speculated that bans on smoking "might save several hundreds of thousands of lives if well implemented and enforced."
The Great American smokeout 2008 will not only reduce deaths from lung cancer, but will also reduce hospitalizations for lung and cardiovascular diseases. It will protect others from passive smoke inhalation, a genuine health problem for all of us, especially our children.
The American College of Cardiology just published a study showing that exposure to passive smoke is almost inescapable, evidence by their recent study of the effects of indoor and outdoor pollution on the health of our blood vessels, even in non-smoking homes.
Government officials, and hospitals from all over the United States support the Great American Smokeout. Today put down your cigarettes for twenty-four hours. Many states have posted help-lines to encourage success. Lung cancer remains one of the leading causes of death, but the impact of tobacco addiction extends far beyond cancer. Cardiovascular disease is also on the rise, placing a significant burden on our healthcare system. The effects of tobacco contribute to hypertension, complicate asthma, and simply ruin quality of life, especially with aging.
The Great American Smokeout, if successful, can have far-reaching implications for longevity and overall individual health, decreasing mortality from all causes. Reducing the economic burden to our healthcare system is a constant focus when budgeting healthcare dollars.
If you make the decision to participate in the Great American Smokeout 2008 (and you should), drink plenty of liquids. Get up and take frequent walks. Exercise can provide some of the same effects as Nicotine. Set out a jar, and place your first savings in it – watch it grow. Ask a partner to participate in the Smokeout with you, and genuinely support each other. Take healthy snacks to work today – replace Nicotine craving with carrot sticks, apples and celery. Speak with your doctor if needed. Prescription drugs are available to help.
No matter your personal approach, we sincerely wish you success, as you take the leap to participate in the Great American Smokeout 2008 on this national smokeout day. There will never be a better day – you are greatly supported in your endeavour.
Help lines for the Great American Smokeout are available at Quitline (1-800-ACS-2345), sponsored by the American Cancer Society. You can also visit their web site at http://www.cancer.org/greatamericans.