Many songs talk about “taking your breath away” and I highly doubt that they are talking about the effects of cigarette smoking. Yet, that is exactly what smoking does. It takes your breath away! 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes. Tobacco use in any form continues to be the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. The Great American Smoke Out challenges you to stop using tobacco. We challenge GCU smokers to give up cigarettes for 1 day and donate the money they would have spent on cigarettes for 1 day to a worthy cause. By quitting for even 1 day, you will be taking the first step towards not only a healthier but hopefully longer life.
20 minutes after quitting: blood pressure and heart rate decreases
12 hours after quitting: carbon monoxide levels in you blood drop to normal
2 weeks to 3 months after quitting: your circulation improves and lung function increases
1-9 months after quitting: coughing and shortness of breath decrease; the tiny hair like structure in your lungs regain normal functioning & begin to clean the lungs removing mucus & decreasing risk of infection
1 year after quitting: excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a continuing smoker
5 years after quitting: risk of Cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder are cut in half; cervical cancer risk falls to than of a non-smoker; stroke risk falls to that of a non-smoker
10 years after quitting: the risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a person who is still smoking; risk of cancer of the larynx & pancreas decreases
Quitting while you are younger will reduce your health risks more.
Quitting at any age can give back years of life that may be lost by continuing to smoke.
Remember, nature gives you just one pair of lungs that must last for a lifetime. They are central to breathing or respiration, breathing about 18 times a minute, every minute of every day. Normally, we don’t even think about breathing. But if we have a bad chest cold or lung disease or asthma, we are suddenly made aware of how precious healthy, functioning lungs are. If you decide to mistreat them by smoking, you can expect damage, and some of the damage can’t be fixed.
Emphysema and cancer are 2 major health effects of cigarette smoking. Emphysema destroys the lung’s ability to expand and contract. Once emphysema develops, it can’t be fixed. Every breathe is a struggle. The lack of oxygen damages other organs and makes even the smallest task difficult. Cancer develops when some event, such as smoking, damages the genetic code of normal cells and unlocks the body’s natural protection against cancer. These damaged cells reproduce rapidly, forming clumps of cells called tumors. One reason that lung cancer is so deadly is that it can hide for years. In most cases by the time it is found, the cancer has spread to other organs. One persons smoking can affect the health of many people, even nonsmokers. Environmental tobacco smoke contains many of the same toxins that a smoker inhales. That is why secondhand smoke is just as deleterious as smoking.
Say NO to SMOKING!
. Say “NO” to smoking and other tobacco products.
Remember that nicotine is addictive!
Protect Your Health!