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Are you still smoking?

Posted by Ryan Kanable

Nov 13, 2012 8:45:00 AM

cigarette smokingSeriously? You’re still smoking? Everybody knows that smoking is bad for your health! Well, except the guy in the picture at right. According to the American Cancer Society, there are almost 44 million adults in the United States who still smoke. That’s about one in five adults.

This week offers a great opportunity to quit smoking. You see, The Great American Smokeout, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, takes place on Thursday, Nov. 15. This is the 37th year for this annual event that encourages smokers to make a plan to quit.

Why is quitting so important? I’ll give you three reasons.

First, and most importantly, smoking has been linked to many health problems, from cancer to strokes to heart disease. You can live a longer, healthier, better life if you stop smoking right now.

Second, it’s getting harder and harder to find a place to smoke. In Wisconsin, for example, you can’t smoke in any public building. It’s the law. Smokers are banished to their cars, forced outside, or must smoke at home. It’s just not practical and, in fact, can be quite a hassle. Who needs that?

Third, the cost of cigarettes is ridiculously high. Calculate it: if you smoke a pack a day, you’re spending about $2,000 each year. Why? I don’t know about you, but I can think of about a hundred other things I’d rather spend that kind of money on.

But talk is cheap. Quitting is hard. Nicotine is addictive. Many people who want to quit simply can’t do it on their own. If willpower is not your strongest character trait, lean on your friends, family, and support organizations. Talk to your doctor about it.

WPS offers some helpful information on how you can quit and how you can keep from lighting up again. You can also call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669). In addition, real stories of people who have quit successfully can be found on the CDC's Tips from Former Smokers website.

This week, I challenge you to participate in The Great American Smokeout. Kick the butts so you can enjoy a longer, healthier life. You’ll be glad you did.

Topics: Wellness