Thinking about quitting smoking? Why not on the Great American Smokeout!
Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event. If you or someone you know has been thinking about going tobacco-free, now is the time! Encourage someone you know to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. By quitting – even for 1 day – smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk.
Right away you’ll save the money you spent on tobacco! And here are just a few other benefits you may notice:
- Food tastes better.
- Your sense of smell returns to normal.
- Your breath, hair, and clothes smell better.
- Your teeth and fingernails stop yellowing.
- Ordinary activities leave you less out of breath (for example, climbing stairs or light housework).
- You can be in smoke-free buildings without having to go outside to smoke.
Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits at any age. Quitting is hard, but you can increase your chances of success with help. Getting help through counseling or medications can double or triple the chances of quitting successfully. For free 24/7 coaching and access to free medications, call the Wisconsin Tobacco QuitLine at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669). For other support and resources about quitting smoking and living tobacco-free, check out the American Cancer Society and SmokeFree.gov.
Learn about what the re:TH!NK Youth Coalition is doing to educate and reduce the rate of tobacco use in Winnebago County youth. Currently they’re working with the City of Oshkosh’s Advisory Park Board to draft an ordinance for Tobacco-Free Parks, watch their presentation to the board here. For more information, contact their advisor, Lynnsey Erickson from the health department.