Thursday, the American Cancer Society is promoting national wellness with "The
Great American Smoke Out". It's the 34th anniversary of the event
which encourages smokers to lay off the smokes for a day.
Betty MacTavish is the tobacco
education coordinator for the Kodiak Area Native Association. She said that the
point of the annual event is to help "future non-smokers" take that big step.
The Great American Smoke Out encourages all smokers in the country to commit to
at least one tobacco-free day.
-- (Smoke Out 1 "One Day a year ... going cold turkey")
According to The American Cancer
Society, 70 percent of smokers say that they would like to quit. The
organization has a website to help people reach that challenging goal.
There's also help available through
the "Alaska Tobacco Quit Line":1-800-QUIT-NOW:
-- (Smoke Out 2 "When you call ... that type of thing.")
Experts say that focusing on
what it is you want to achieve
creates a more powerful mindset for change than focusing on what it is you want
to give up. And for those who think
they can't get past the desire to
light up, MacTavish has some good news: that overwhelming urge is not going to last forever.
-- (Smoke Out 3 "If you have ... that works too,")
MacTavish says that the theme of
this year's Smoke Out is "Less
smoking leads to more birthdays".
Those who don't
like birthdays may need to find some other form of inspiration but the point is
that along with increasing life expectancy, non-smokers give themselves a much
a better shot at enjoying a healthier future.
-- (Smoke Out 4 "One thing that ... do it now.")
If you're interested in trading
in smoke for fresh air and would like some help, you can try the American Cancer
Society's Great American Smoke Out web page at cancer-dot-org. There you can
find tools such as "The Quit Clock" and the "Craving Stopper" a game to help
distract you from you-know-what. For one-on-one support and free nicotine
replacement you can call the Alaska Tobacco Quit Line at 1- 800-QUIT NOW.
Great American Smoke-Out" is this Thursday, November 19th.