STATEWIDE, Maine — The American Cancer Society is marking the 36th Great American Smokeout on Nov. 17, by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life â€“ one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.
If you have been thinking about quitting, just consider the rewards:
â€˘ 20 minutes after quitting: Your heart rate and blood pressure drops.
â€˘ 12 hours after quitting: The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
â€˘ 2 weeks to 3 months after quitting: Your circulation improves and your lung function increases.
Quitting is hard, but you can increase your chances of success with help and the support of others who are also quitting.
Healthy Waldo County and Waldo County General Hospital have partnered to provide free FreshStart classes, the American Cancer Societyâ€™s quit-smoking program for adults. The program emphasizes that smoking cessation is a two-step process â€“ stopping and staying stopped â€“ therefore, techniques and support are shared to help keep a smoker off cigarettes. For more information, call Healthy Waldo County at 930-6720.
Additional sources for help:
â€˘ Your Primary Care Provider
â€˘ The Maine Tobacco Helpline at 1-800-207-1230
â€˘ Nicotine Anonymous at www.nicotine-anonymous.org
To learn about other available tools, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345. In addition to their resources and support, they now offer â€śDesktop Helpersâ€ť â€“ tips and reminders that you can save to your computer. You can find these at http://www.cancer.org.
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