Could you quit tobacco for 24 hours? That’s all it takes to start feeling the benefits of being tobacco free. The Great American Smoke Out is an event started in the 1970s to urge people to quit tobacco, even if for just 24 hours. Participate this year and these are just a few of the benefits you could experience by being tobacco free:

  • Immediately:  You’ll save the money you would have spent on tobacco. This means more money in your pocket to spend on games, entertainment, or the latest iPhone.
  • 20 minutes: Your heart rate and blood pressure drop to normal rates. This means your heart doesn’t have to work so hard to pump and keep you alive.
  • 12 hours: The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal. This means oxygen is delivered to your organs in the correct amounts and your risk of having a heart attack is reduced.
  • 24 hours: You may notice your sense of smell improving and that exercise may leave you less out of breath.

The American Cancer Society now promotes the Great American Smoke Out on an annual basis to help motivate people to quit tobacco. The Great American Smoke Out will be held on 16 November 2017 on installations across the Marine Corps. There will be various activities such as fun runs, hands-on activities, and lots of information to support you in your journey to quitting tobacco. Remember, even quitting for a day can give you a little push in the right direction to become tobacco-free.

If you attend one of this year’s events be on the lookout for information on the Semper Fit Health Promotion Program’s tobacco cessation class, Operation Tobacco Free Marine. This tobacco cessation program has all the tools, resources, and support you need to quit tobacco for good. Visit the Health Promotion Program at your local fitness facility or contact the office to learn more.