On Nov. 19, smokers across the nation will take part in the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout - a challenge where thousands of people are starting their journey toward a smoke-free lifestyle. More information is available at cancer.org/smokeout or by calling 1-800-227-2345.
There are a number of negative consequences for smokers including the heavy financial cost, as well as the cost to one's health. "Quitting will help your lungs and heart to work better from the moment you stop", the organization states on its website. Join Carrot in making the 2020 Great American Smokeout the most impactful event yet. Smokers may use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance to initiate a smoking cessation plan. I remember listening to Don Imus, who was on I 95 FM locally back in the day, and he suggested the Great American Smokeout was for smokers to smoke 2 packs on that day, instead of their usual one.
According to the American Lung Association, smoking causes almost half a million deaths per year, making it the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.
Tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, accounting for about 30% of all cancer deaths.
The good news is that you do not have to be one of these statistics. "With COVID-19 cases rising, I really encourage people to stop smoking or vaping as soon as possible". This means smoking causes about 1 out of 5 deaths in the USA annually and that's scary.
Plan for your Quit Day by having a support system, staying busy, staying hydrated and avoiding situations that trigger urges to smoke.
"Even when you're determined to quit smoking, it's really hard when you don't have any support or accountability", said Tony Cossey, a Pivot member.
Patients require a physician referral to receive the testing and should consult with their primary care provider to see if the screening is appropriate for them. Employers have a unique opportunity to provide employees with access to proven-effective tobacco cessation medications and counseling.
Most Blue Cross plans cover at low or no cost certain products (like skin patches) or drugs that help members quit tobacco.
Well-Ahead Louisiana is a Louisiana Department of Health program that promotes healthy workplaces and tobacco-free environments in Louisiana. Here's to your health.