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Besides the extra hour of sleep this weekend, Thanksgiving and Black Friday, there is another great day in November and it should definitely be celebrated!
November 16 is the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout. Take time this month to formulate your quitting plan or help someone who wants to quit smoking. Since 2002, the number of former smokers has been greater than the number of current smokers. That’s holiday worthy, right there. If you want to quit, you can be one of the good statistics! If you know someone who wants to quit, you can help that person become a statistic, too!
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide a wealth of information and resources online related to smoking cessation. For more information and references, visit the CDC website.
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States. Every day, more than 3,800 youth younger than 18 years smoke their first cigarette. Each year, nearly half a million Americans die prematurely of smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke. Another 16 million live with a serious illness caused by smoking.
Tobacco smoke contains a deadly mix of more than 7,000 chemicals; hundreds are harmful, and about 70 can cause cancer. Smoking increases the risk for serious health problems, many diseases, and death.
People who stop smoking greatly reduce their risk for disease and early death. Although the health benefits are greater for people who stop at earlier ages, there are benefits at any age. You are never too old to quit.
Among all current U.S. adult cigarette smokers, nearly 7 out of every 10 (68.0%) reported in 2015 that they wanted to quit completely. Most former smokers quit without using one of the treatments that scientific research has shown can work.
Counseling and medication are both effective for treating tobacco dependence, and using them together is more effective than using either one alone.
There are many online resources available to help those who wish to quit smoking and get healthy!
Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) if you want help quitting. This is a free telephone support service that can help people who want to stop smoking or using tobacco. There are several types of quit information and services offered:
We all know what we should and should not do… the hard work is taking that first step and making a commitment.
With the resources available and your personal support team, you can do it!
You are stronger than cigarettes!
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Tailored Plans For Employee Wellness Programs
Pathways to SmartCare is the Employee Wellness Program of American HealthCare Group, a preventive services firm in Pittsburgh, PA. American HealthCare Group designs wellness programming for corporations, school districts, municipalities and other employers.
Pathways to SmartCare designs preventive services programs for employees. We administer biometric health screenings, immunizations, Health Fairs, Lunch wellness events, on-site programming and more to our clients.
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