The American Cancer Society marks the third Thursday of November the Great American Smoke out. This event challenges all smokers in America to quit smoking for at least the one day. Smoking tobacco is one of the most awful habits to acquire. According to the American Cancer Society, tobacco use in general is the largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. At nearly 1 in every 5 adults smoking, there are about 42 million Americans that are putting their health at risk every single day.
Quitting smoking is said to be one of the hardest habits to shake due to the ingredient nicotine. Quitting at a young age is ideal to avoid all health risks, although quitting at any age will help add years to your life. The smoke out signifies taking a step towards leading a healthier lifestyle. If every smoker will quit for the day, the nation will experience a smoke free day, as well as the health benefits for the smoker.
Often times, smokers started smoking at a young age when they were naïve to the damage that smoking is doing to their body. Generally smokers have habits that they associate with smoking that make it harder to quit. If you’re used to getting up and smoking a cigarette with your coffee, change up your routine and go to the local coffee shop instead. If you’re used to smoking after you eat, try eating in a different location than usual and then waiting at least 20 minutes after your meal before you start another activity. By mixing up your usual smoke enabling habits, hopefully smoking will become disassociated from your habits.
Being located right here in Kailua, we serve military members and their families every day. Military members are among some of the highest demographic to become addicts. Because of grueling work conditions and stress, military members are more likely to smoke than civilians. In a 2011 study it was found smokers made up 5% more of the military population that the civilian population (24% vs 19%). According to this study, the smoking percentage varies by branch with the U.S. Marine Corps having the highest rate of smoking at 30.8 percent, followed by the Army (26.7%), the Navy (24.4%), and the U.S. Air Force (16.7%).
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