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One Day at a Time
This year on November 20th, we are hoping to help individuals change their lives. As the date of the Great American Smokeout sponsored by the American Cancer Society, we hope that November 20th will be the start of a smoke-free life for individuals all over the world. We believe that if you can quit smoking for one day that you can quit for the rest of your life. We know it is difficult, and we know you are scared.
At one time or another, chances are you’ve probably said to yourself; “I can quit whenever I want.” Thinking that you have direct control over your smoking is a common misconception by many smokers. Tobacco use can lead to an addiction and serious health problems. But if you quit smoking, this stoppage can greatly reduce the risk of developing smoking-related diseases. If you are trying to quit, there is good news. Smokers can and do quit smoking every day! In fact, today there are more former than current smokers.
Smoking tobacco is both a physical addiction and a psychological habit. The nicotine from cigarettes provides a temporary and addictive high. Eliminating that regular fix of nicotine will cause your body to experience physical withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Due to nicotine’s “feel good” effect on the brain, you may also have become accustomed to smoking as a way of coping with stress, depression, anxiety or even boredom.
Quitting smoking has many benefits and improves your chances of avoiding smoking-related diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Millions of people quit smoking every year, and the question of lung health after smoking cessation has become a prominent theme among healthcare professionals. About 47 percent of smokers attempt to quit annually. This is not surprising given that the number one cause of preventable death in the worldwide is smoking. Over 400,000 people die every year from smoking, and an additional 50,000 people die from secondhand smoke as well. A lifetime of smoking can also lead to a variety of lung diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and interstitial lung disease. Unfortunately, smoking cessation is the beginning of a long road, but the destination is a much heathier and happier place.
The Lung Institute hopes that November 20th will be the first day of the rest of your smoke-free life. If you or a loved one is dealing with chronic lung disease as the result of smoking, contact us or call us at (800) 729-3065 to learn about your treatment options. And above all else, remember to take one day at a time.