The American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout encourages people from across the country to take a step towards a smoke-free life, and as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, the need to quit smoking is greater today than ever.
Although there is no direct evidence linking cigarette smoking to an increased likelihood of COVID-19 infection, people with a history of cigarette smoking are at greater risk of developing viral lung infections or severe respiratory diseases (such as COVID-19 ) than with non-smokers. And while smokers may not get COVID-19 more often, their symptoms are usually more severe and life-threatening.
So is the Great American Smokeout a good time to quit? Yes! Smokers can reap the benefits of quitting smoking almost immediately. All you have to do is ask yourself: are you ready to start the first day of your journey to a healthier life?
Use this Monday to recharge your batteries, create a plan, find virtual resources, build your support network, and learn what to expect when you start quitting. Check in after the weekend to end your efforts and find healthy ways to celebrate your success. And if you’re struggling, use the next Monday to learn some new ways to deal with your cravings or triggers, and prepare to re-engage in your termination!