November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month.
In the US is lung cancer the second most common cancer in men and women. Each year, more people die from lung cancer than from colon, breast and prostate cancer combined.
Fortunately, there is a way to drastically reduce your risk of being diagnosed with lung cancer – and thereby quit smoking. (Note: not all lung cancer diagnoses are linked to cigarette smoking, but smoking is still that Risk factor number one for lung cancer.)
The benefits of quitting smoking
Stop smoking leads to a reduced risk of heart attacks and blood clots, a stronger immune system, fat loss, clearer skin, better vision, prevention of long-term lung damage including emphysema and general scarring, lower cholesterol, and a reduced risk of developing lung cancer (along with so much more).
People who smoke cigarettes are 15 to 30 times According to the Centers for Disease Control, those who don’t are more likely to be diagnosed or die of lung cancer than those who don’t.
In addition, those who continue to smoke after being diagnosed with lung cancer almost twice their risk of dying.
Five years after quitting smoking there is a risk of developing various types of cancer of the mouth, nose and throat cut in half. Ten years after quitting smoking, your risk of dying from lung cancer later in life is half that of someone who still smokes.
7 free resources to help you quit smoking
Nobody has ever said that smoking cessation is easy or enjoyable, or that it happens overnight, but the immediate and long-term health benefits of smoking cessation are enormous and will ultimately be so rewarding.
When you’re ready to quit smoking, these free resources can help:
Smokefree.gov should be your number one resource. The website will help you every step of the way, from deciding on a termination date to years of smoke free. The website also contains specific information and resources for Women, Teenagers, Veterans, Speaking spanish and those over 60 who want to stop.
If you are overwhelmed and just need to start somewhere, check out Smokefree.gov for free Build My Quit Plan Tool This will help you take the first steps towards quitting and create a plan to return to while you work on staying smoke-free.
The site also has a whole page with free reading materials and guides to help you quit and quit smoking, including downloadable resources for people of all ages and stages of life.
After the first exit, you can always come back to SmokeFree.gov for help stay smoke free, slips and falls back, getting used to life without cigarettes, healthy living and much more.
2. Your insurer
3. State-run programs
Many states offer free smoking cessation programs that offer you free nicotine replacement patches, chewing gum, or lozenges (provided you are over 18 and medically appropriate). Google “your state” + “free nicotine patches” for more information about free nicotine places you live in. You can also find a list of states that offer free nicotine replacement products Here.
If you need a responsibility partner or group, BecomeAnEX offers a free program that you can use to connect with other people who have tried or successfully completed it.
If you’d rather speak to an expert, you can go Here to find out how to contact counselors from the National Cancer Institute or your state’s Quitline. For those who prefer not to make a phone call, there is also the option of contacting an information specialist via an online chat.
If you need more support and tips, you can sign up SmokefreeTXT, a free text messaging program that provides tips, advice and suggestions three to five times a day. You can even send keywords to the number for instant help.
7. Smartphone apps
QuitGuide and quitSTART are free smartphone apps that are available on both Apple and Android devices. Both apps can help you track your habits and create a quitting and smoking plan. QuitSTART is aimed at teens who need help quitting smoking, but both apps can be used by anyone.
Listen: I know you’ve heard it all before. I know you know the risks.
However, if you’ve thought about quitting, are ready to quit, or tried to quit but don’t know where to start, these resources could be a good place to start.
Grace Schweizer is an email content writer for The Penny Hoarder.
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