UPHS is proud to join the American Cancer Society in promoting the Great American Smokeuut on Thursday, November 21. Did you know that tobacco use is the single-most preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US? In fact, tobacco use is responsible for nearly one in five deaths in this country.
This year you can earn Healthy Reward points for joining the Great American Smokeout challenge in the Healthy Rewards site and quitting for the day or supporting a loved one or co-worker quit for the day. Log in to join the challenge!
Research shows that if you smoke and pick a quit date in the next 30 days and stick to it, you’ll be more likely to quit for good. So pick a quit date, and as you mark it on your calendar, consider these benefits of quitting:
- 20 minutes after quitting: Your heart rate and blood pressure drop.
- 12 hours after quitting: The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
- 2 weeks to 3 months after quitting: Your circulation improves, and your lung function increases.
- 1 to 9 months after quitting: Coughing and shortness of breath decrease; cilia (tiny hair-like structures in the lungs) regain normal function, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce the risk of infection.
- 1 year after quitting: The excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.
- 10 years after quitting: The lung cancer death rate is about half that of a smoker. The risks of cancer of the larynx and pancreas decrease.
- 15 years after quitting: The risk of coronary heart disease is that of a nonsmoker’s.
- 5 years after quitting: Risks of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder are cut in half. Cervical cancer risk falls to that of a nonsmoker. Stroke risk can fall to that of a nonsmoker after 2 to 5 years.
To learn more about the FREE UPHS Tobacco Cessation Program (for employees and dependents covered under a medical plan) through Health Advocate call 1.866.695.8622 and check out additional resources on the UPHS HR and You Wellfocused website under the Tobacco Cessation – Quit Smoking section.