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With that in mind, the American Cancer Society hosts the Great American Smokeout every year. Held on the third Thursday of November, the event encourages smokers to take action and make a plan to quit. Many smokers even quit that day.
You don't have to wait until November to quit. You can start on New Year’s Day, your birthday, the first day of spring or any day you choose. The important thing is to set a date and get support.
Even if you’ve been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), it’s still important to stop smoking. Like many medical diseases, COPD can become worse over time. If you quit smoking, it can slow that process. Smoking causes inflammation in the lungs and reduces the amount of oxygen that flows through them. Smoking also damages air sacs in the lungs and causes them to lose their elasticity. As a result, smokers have a harder time breathing and shortness of breath.
Smokers experience coughing and wheezing, too. If you continue to smoke, it will cause more damage to your lungs. Your symptoms can grow worse much faster. You could quickly find it more difficult to perform simple everyday activities such as taking a shower or even cleaning your home.
Studies show smokers are more likely to become sick with the flu than those who don’t smoke. They are also more likely to get pneumonia. While healthy people are able to more easily make a full recovery from flu and pneumonia, it’s harder for people with COPD. In fact, COPD can make any illness very serious and lead to major complications.
Talk with your doctor about quitting. There are many aids and resources available to help you successfully give up smoking.
Your health plan can help you quit by covering the cost of medicine and counseling to support you. Even if you’re not ready to quit, knowing your costs will be covered may inspire you to do so in the near future.
Find out if you’re currently eligible to enroll in the Tobacco Cessation Program.* Call 866-412-8795 or the number on your member ID card.
Have your ID card handy and follow the prompts. Be sure to select the “Lifestyle Management” option. Join people across the country who are committed to quit smoking with the help and support of the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout.
Originally published 11/16/2016; Revised 2018, 2021
There are obviously advantages to waiting longer to quit compared to not quitting, but you may not be able to catch up to your colleagues who have never smoked Those who had been smoke-free for 15 years or more were able to catch up. This is all about awareness and spread message for those who are struggling, many of young lads who survive take my course for me for their skill, this was the example for those who are trying to get rid of smoking.
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