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Great American Smokeout Provides Opportunity to Quit Smoking

By Ken Dey, News and Community
November 21, 2013
Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet about 43.8 million Americans still smoke cigarettes—nearly one in every five adults.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of Cancer death in Idaho, and 1500 people in our state die each year as a direct result of tobacco use. Adults probably know smoking is unhealthy, but they ignore it and quitting smoking can be hard. The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to quit smoking, even if just for that day.

According to Dan Biggins, Registered Respiratory Therapist at St. Luke’s Wood River, the health benefits of quitting smoking are countless. While lung function will never return to normal, the great news is that within 20 minutes of quitting, your body begins to heal the damage to lungs, organs and arteries caused from years of smoking.  To read more, click here. 

About The Author

Ken Dey served as Public Relations Coordinator at St. Luke's from 2008-2014.