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Tue, Nov 20, 2018 12:29pm

The Great American Smokeout

By Wendy Hanson, MPH, @wendyhanson

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The American Cancer Society (ACS) reports smoking remains the single largest preventable cause of death and illness in the world with more than 34 million Americans smoking cigarettes. For over 40 years, the third Thursday in November has been recognized as the Great American Smokeout. The day marks an opportunity for thousands of individuals to take an important step toward a healthier life and reduce cancer risk by making a commitment to be smoke-free.

Quitting is difficult yet the benefits are immediate. You’ll notice food tastes better; your sense of smell returns to normal; your lung function increases; your heart rate and blood pressure drop; and your circulation improves.

If you missed the Great American Smokeout, there is no need to wait until November 2019 to jump onboard, there are plenty of resources available to help you quit successfully. Participating in counseling, creating a support network, utilizing medication and taking advantage of other assistance such as quitlines, self-help books and Nicotine Anonymous meetings may double, or even triple, your chances of saying goodbye to smoking for good.

The ACS can help and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide support. To find out more, visit cancer.org/smokeout or call 1-800-227-2345.

If you’re supporting a loved one in their effort to quit smoking, ask how you can best help. Whether it is offering to engage in activities to keep their mind off smoking, having candies or other foods available as distractions or there to provide words of encouragement – your role is incredibly valuable. Just remember, needs will change and it’s important to have a broader focus than just whether they’ve stayed quit. The journey to smoke-free may take time.

What have your experiences been with striving to be smoke-free? What has helped you most?

 

@wendyhanson
Dear Wendy Hanson,
I need HELP, PLEASE! I have lived across from a Neighbor since moving into this apartment after experiencing a major Stroke on 5/4/01!!!!! I have recently had difficulty breathing ! I am constantly coughing (hacking cough) and can hardly breathe in my own apartment! I have noticed a diminished capacity to perform easy errands and other tasks without coughing up green phlegm, and sometimes yellow as well! I am worried, that I won't live to old age now, and am only 58 years old! April 1, 2019 is when our Management Company will require anyone signing a new lease, to sign with a provision that our building will be smoke-free! However, I have inhaled so much smoke and other contaminant; such as mold for so long, that i need to have a cardiac treadmill test in December! I know my lung capacity is so bad, because it frankly hurts to breathe, even as I am responding to your post! Please inform me of some support groups, so I can "get out of my apartment a.s.a.p.!
Thank you so much for your help and guidance in advance!
Sincerely,
Shelley Mintz

@rachelanne

@wendyhanson
Dear Wendy Hanson,
I need HELP, PLEASE! I have lived across from a Neighbor since moving into this apartment after experiencing a major Stroke on 5/4/01!!!!! I have recently had difficulty breathing ! I am constantly coughing (hacking cough) and can hardly breathe in my own apartment! I have noticed a diminished capacity to perform easy errands and other tasks without coughing up green phlegm, and sometimes yellow as well! I am worried, that I won't live to old age now, and am only 58 years old! April 1, 2019 is when our Management Company will require anyone signing a new lease, to sign with a provision that our building will be smoke-free! However, I have inhaled so much smoke and other contaminant; such as mold for so long, that i need to have a cardiac treadmill test in December! I know my lung capacity is so bad, because it frankly hurts to breathe, even as I am responding to your post! Please inform me of some support groups, so I can "get out of my apartment a.s.a.p.!
Thank you so much for your help and guidance in advance!
Sincerely,
Shelley Mintz

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@rachelanne, I hear you. You have every right to be concerned, however, I might suggest to not let anxiety rule you. You can't change what is in the past, for example that you have been living near second-hand smoke for all these years. Now is the time to concentrate on the present and what you can control and how you can make changes for your health.

Here is an article that a colleague shared with me offering legal options when a neighbor's smoking is affecting you. I hope some of the suggestions are options for you to take action.

– What to Do If a Neighbor's Smoking Bothers You https://blogs.findlaw.com/law_and_life/2013/01/what-to-do-if-a-neighbors-smoking-bothers-you.html

You are taking action by getting medical attention, for example the cardiac stress test. Can you work with the building management to get rid of the mold? Do you have options to move to another apartment?

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