Barry-Eaton District Health Department Recognizes the Great American Smokeout 2023

November 16, 2023

In recognition of the Great American Smokeout, Barry-Eaton District Health Department is encouraging community members that are thinking about quitting smoking to start with day one, today. About 34 million American adults still smoke cigarettes, and smoking remains the single largest preventable cause of death and illness in the world. Smoking causes an estimated 480,000 deaths every year, or about 1 in 5 deaths. Quitting smoking is one of the most important actions anyone can take to improve their health.

After the last cigarette is smoked, the body begins a series of positive changes that continue for years. For example, within minutes of quitting smoking the heart rate decreases, and within 24 hours the nicotine level in the blood drops to zero. Within 1 to 2 years after quitting smoking the risk of a heart attack drops sharply. After 3 to 6 years, the added risk of coronary heart disease drops by half. After 10 years, the added risk of lung cancer drops by half. And after 15 years, the risk of coronary heart disease drops to close to that of someone who has never smoked.

For women who are pregnant, quitting as early as possible can help protect against some health problems for developing babies, such as being born too small or premature (too early).

To have the best chance of quitting and remaining smoke-free, it’s best to know:

  • What to expect when quitting
  • What options there are to help when quitting
  • What tools and quit-smoking medicines are available
  • Where to go for help

Quitting smoking is a journey. It can be hard, but it is possible, and anyone can increase their chances of success with a good plan and support. Ask a health care provider about local resources that may help. Check out the Michigan Tobacco Quitlink (1-800-784-8669) which offers FREE counseling to those who qualify.

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