Monday, November 9, 2009

The Great American Smoke-Out

Are you ready to join the ranks of the Non-smokers?

The Great American Smoke-Out traditionally takes place on the third Thursday in November.  This year Thursday, November 19th is our national smoke-out day.

Smoking affects
your LOOKS,
and your HEALTH!

A day to "Butt Out":  The concept dates from the early '70s when Lynn Smith, publisher of the Monticello Times of Minnesota, announced the first observance and called it "D Day." The idea caught on in state after state until in 1977, it went nationwide under the sponsorship of the American Cancer Society. If past Smokeouts are any indication, as many as one-third of the nation's 46 million smokers could be taking the day off from smoking.

Yes, it is true, only 3 cigarettes a day puts you at risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. CBS News released information stemming from a new report that the reason smoking is so dangerous is because it increases blood pressure, constricts blood vessels and decreases HDL or good cholesterol. The study also found air pollution and secondhand smoke increase your risk of cardiovascular disease by 30-percent.

Reasons to Quit:
When Smokers Quit—Their Health Benefits Over Time

20 minutes after quitting: Your heart rate and blood pressure drops.  (Effect of Smoking on Arterial Stiffness and Pulse Pressure Amplification, Mahmud, A, Feely, J. 2003. Hypertension:41:183.)

12 hours after quitting: The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.  (US Surgeon General's Report, 1988, p. 202)

2 weeks to 3 months after quitting: Your circulation improves and your lung function increases.  (US Surgeon General's Report, 1990, pp.193, 194,196, 285, 323)

1 to 9 months after quitting: Coughing and shortness of breath decrease; cilia (tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of the lungs) regain normal function in the lungs, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce the risk of infection. (US Surgeon General's Report, 1990, pp. 285-287, 304)

1 year after quitting: The excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker's.  (US Surgeon General's Report, 1990, p. vi)

5 years after quitting: Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker 5 to 15 years after quitting.  (US Surgeon General's Report, 1990, p. vi)

10 years after quitting: The lung cancer death rate is about half that of a continuing smoker's. The risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, cervix, and pancreas decrease.  (US Surgeon General's Report, 1990, pp. vi, 131, 148, 152, 155, 164,166)

15 years after quitting: The risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker's.  (US Surgeon General's Report, 1990, p. vi)

Smoking affects your LOOKS, your WALLET & your HEALTH!

We know the hazards of "Second-hand Smoke".  Now experts are educating the masses about "Third-hand Smoke"?  That is the residual toxins from cigarettes that are left on drapes, furniture, carpeting, clothes, inside vehicles, etc.  Remember this the next time you walk into a  hotel room that reeks of smoke from the previous visitor!

Get a head start and eliminate the smoking habit naturally & safely with the assistance of Hypnotherapy and be a Non-Smoker by November 19th.

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