Superior Health Center - November 2019

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NOVEMBER 2019

GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT

Giving People the Courage to Put Out Their Cigarettes

alone, over 34 million people smoke cigarettes, and, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS), “Smoking remains the single largest preventable cause of death and illness in the world.”While this might be a little overwhelming to think about, these facts are important to know in order to push forward. The team at Superior Health Centers wants to encourage anyone who is thinking about taking part in this event to go for it. Quitting can be significantly beneficial for someone’s health, and it also has positive influences on patients who are seeking treatments. “You don’t have to stop smoking in one day. Start with one day.” A person who is suffering from peripheral neuropathy or diabetes, for example, will often experience more discomfort or pain while smoking.As described in a previous newsletter,

peripheral neuropathy is a condition in which a person experiences pain, numbness, or tingling in the legs, feet, arms, and hands due to a disconnection between the brain and the nerves. Smoking will cause these symptoms to worsen and can prevent or reduce the benefits of healing treatments.This is due to what smoking does to the body; it damages a person’s blood vessels, restricting the proper flow of blood cells to the brain and to the rest of the body.When this happens, it prevents oxygen from properly flowing throughout your body, causing further damage and disrupting the communication that takes place between nerve cells. Patients who smoke after they have healed risk causing a reversal of their treatment due to the continued deterioration and restriction of the blood vessels. Quitting smoking is an extremely challenging thing to do, but no one must follow this path alone.The ACS has a number of resources, tools, and community support that can help people succeed in this endeavor. If you are considering participating in the Great American Smokeout this year or want to learn more about this event and what ACS can offer you, visit Cancer.org today.

A ccording to PsychologyToday, cigarettes are among the top seven hardest addictions to quit.Taking the first steps toward breaking this habit won’t only be challenging but also terrifying for many people. However, it isn’t impossible to quit. The Great American Smokeout is an event that takes place every year on Nov. 21 and encourages smokers across the country to find their courage to quit. It’s very rare that people can cut themselves off all at once; the best way to break away from an unhealthy habit is to build a plan, and this event gives people a chance to do just that. The idea behind this event is to give people a way to turn their thoughts of quitting into action.The Great American Smokeout challenges smokers to put down their cigarettes for a full 24 hours.When a person makes this decision, even for one day, it gives them the confidence and determination they need to continue this journey they’ve chosen.As their slogan states, “You don’t have to stop smoking in one day. Start with one day.” Not only does this event provide support, encouragement, and resources for people actively looking to break their habit, but it also spreads awareness of the importance of quitting. In America

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