The Great American Smoke Out
The Great American Smoke Out was established in 1976 to help
smokers quit smoking for the day. It is
a national event that is sponsored by the American Cancer Society. This day is to help a person know where to
locate resources that are available to help them stop smoking. The Clark County Health Department offers
the Freedom From Smoking cessation program. You can call (859)744-4482 for more
information. The American Cancer
Society has a Smoking Cessation Quit Line at 1-800-227-2345. During these calls you will talk to a trained
counselor and receive free, confidential counseling. Also, the Kentucky Department for Public
Health offers a Smoking Cessation quit line.
Kentuckians who want to stop using tobacco or are concerned about a
family member or friend can call 1-800-QUIT NOW.
"Tobacco remains the single largest
preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. Each year, smoking accounts for 480,000
deaths per year, including 50,000 among nonsmokers as a result of secondhand
smoke. Half of all Americans who continue
to smoke will die from smoking related disease.” (cancer.org, lung.org)
How does your body recover after
20 minutes- Your heart rate and blood pressure drop.
12 hours- The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
2 weeks to 3 months- Your circulation improves, and your
lung function increases.
1-9 months- Coughing and shortness of breath decrease; cilia start to regain normal
function in the lungs, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs,
and reduce the risk of infection.
1 year- The excess risk of coronary heart
disease is half that of someone who continues to smoke. Your heart attack risk drops
5 years- The risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder is cut
in half. Cervical cancer risk falls to
that of a non-smoker. Stroke risk can
fall to that of a non-smoker after 2-5 years.
10 years- The risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a person who is
still smoking. The risk of cancer of the
larynx (voice box) and pancreas decreases.
15 years- The risk of coronary heart disease
is that of a non-smoker’s.
Join us and
the rest of America on November 16, 2017, do not use any tobacco products for
24 hours. If you need support or want to
be involved in a smoking cessation program, call Clark County Health
submitted by: Alice Wilson, Health Educator
taken from: www.americancancersociety.com