Published: Fri, November 17, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

MedWatch- The Great American Smoke Out

MedWatch- The Great American Smoke Out

Smokers across Oklahoma are encouraged to quit tobacco for a day, or a lifetime, during the Great American Smokeout (GASO) today. American Cancer Society member Jeff Drope said. Each year more than 480,000 people in the United States die from illnesses related to tobacco use.

"Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death and disease in Indiana", said Indiana State Health Commissioner Kris Box, MD, FACOG.

The cardiopulmonary staff at Pioneers is available to help you quit smoking, now. They found that compared to an average day, during the "Great American Smokeout" from 2009-2014, people were 61% more likely to tweet about kicking the habit.

1 year after quitting, risk of coronary heart disease is half of that of someone who still smokes.

McClure says it's still not clear whether e-cigarettes or vape pens are harmful to a person's health but doesn't recommend them.

Additionally, the College of Pharmacy has received a $90,300 grant from the American Cancer Society and CVS Health Foundation to provide URI staff, students and faculty, and surrounding community members with smoking cessation clinics run by pharmacy students. The carbon monoxide level in your blood returns to normal in 12 hours.

Experts say even if you quit smoking for one day, you could help yourself out and your health. The Great American Smoke Out at Trumbull Regional Medical Center will focus on showing people what can happen if they don't quit and the healing that takes place when they do quit. Your family and friends want you to have a long and healthy life.

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