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Nov 01, 2013

Take Our "Thanks for Quitting" Challenge

CardioSmart's "Thanks for Quitting" Challenge is here to help you become smoke-free on or after the Great American Smokeout on Nov. 21.

If you’re a smoker, kicking the habit is one of the best ways to improve your health and reduce risk for heart disease, cancer and other serious conditions. Just one year of being smoke-free can decrease your risk for heart disease by half. Your risk of having a heart attack also decreases significantly when you stop smoking. But smoking doesn’t just affect you and your health—studies show that secondhand smoke increases other people’s risk for heart disease.

The third Thursday of every November is the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout, a day on which smokers are encouraged to quit—even if it’s just that day—or make a plan to quit. This year’s observance is on Nov. 21 and CardioSmart is here to help you become smoke-free on or after the Great American Smokeout. Take our challenge (you could win a great CardioSmart prize package that includes a tote bag, water bottle, arm band, pedometer and tape measure) this month so your friends and family can say “Thanks for Quitting” this Thanksgiving!

To take the challenge and enter the drawing for the prize package, sign up for the CardioSmart TXT QUIT stream and set a desired quit date. If you’re not quite ready to commit to a quit day, you can still take the challenge by texting the word “quit” to Cardio (227346).

Once registered, you’ll start receiving periodic text messages designed to help you kick the habit for good. Let’s stomp out smoking and start leading heart-healthier lives!

Questions for You to Consider

  • Why does smoking increase risk for heart disease?

  • Smoking causes plaque build up in the arteries, which reduces the flow of blood to the heart and body, increasing blood pressure. Over time, this can put an extreme strain on the heart and other parts of the body.
  • What smoking cessation aids exist to help smokers quit?

  • A variety of tools exist to help smokers quit. Aside from quitting cold turkey without the use of aids, adults can be prescribed smoking cessation drugs that help to fight nicotine withdrawal and tobacco cravings. There are also various types of nicotine replacement therapy, including patches, inhalers, lozenges, gum and nasal spray that can help wean smokers off of cigarettes.

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