The time to stop smoking is now!
The Great American Smokeout is right around the corner. Spread the word to your family and friends, whether they smoke or not. Someone knows someone who smokes, but this could be the event that helps them stop!
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 36.5 million adults over the age of 18 are current cigarette smokers. (CDC)
Each year, the American Cancer Society holds an event to encourage people around the world to stop smoking and live healthier lives: The Great American Smokeout.
The event is held on the third Thursday of November. This year will be the 41st annual Great American Smokeout.
At this event, smokers are challenged to quit. Some people choose to create a plan of action to stop smoking while attending the Great American Smokeout.
Each year, smoking will kill 480,000 people. (CDC)
The time to quit smoking is now!
The Effect on Women
The way that smoking impacts male and females will differ; however, smoking is bad for men and women of all ages, races, and ethnicities. The American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout was created to educate smokers and their families, and to help motivate them to let the bad habit go. Doing so could lead to a better quality of life.
Tobacco companies spend millions of marketing dollars to entice consumers to smoke, despite the harmful effects of smoking. These companies use celebrity and social appeal, beauty, and other “glamorous” techniques to encourage people to start a non-glamorous habit.
13.6 percent of adult women living in the United States are smokers. (CDC)
What the tobacco companies don’t tell female consumers is that smoking could increase a woman’s odds of developing various diseases and health conditions, including a stroke, lung and heart disease, and cancer.
That’s not all!
There are other health issues that women are at a higher risk of suffering from due to smoking cigarettes and using other tobacco products. Women who smoke could potentially develop the following problems:
- Gum Disease
- Decreased Bone Density
- Difficulty with Pregnancies (Conception and Carrying to Full Term)
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Menstrual Issues
- and more…
The time to stop smoking is now!
Get Involved in the Cause
You can support the Great American Smokeout right from your home, office, church, charity event, or school. There are downloadable forms, tents, flyers, and ready-to-use web and social media graphics to help spread awareness.
Visit the American Cancer Society to learn more about how you can get involved.
In addition to the Great American Smokeout event tools and resources, you can receive more information on the American Cancer Society’s website pertaining to:
- Benefits of Quitting Smoking Over Time
- Quizzes on Smoking
- Tools to Help Smokers Stop Smoking
- Programs for Smokers
- Tools and Tips for a Smoke-free Home and Workplace
The time to stop smoking is today! Quitting is the best thing that you can do to improve your health and live a better quality of life. Join millions of people and pledge to throw the tobacco products out of your life and replace the bad habit with healthy habits going forward.
SWOBGYN Is Here to Help!
To learn more about how smoking affects women, and what you can do to stop smoking, contact Southwest OB/GYN today. We focus on whole-body health and wellness. You can learn more about our services by calling and scheduling an appointment.
Take this time to learn more about healthy habits and how to stop smoking immediately, or over time. We will guide you through the process, from beginning to end. If you have family members who are afraid to come in, you can contact us to receive information on how you can help them stop.
Remember that Southwest OB/GYN is here to help you live a healthier you!