National COPD Awareness month and the Great American Smokeout provide smokers in the U.S. with support to help them kick the habit this November.
If you are one of the nearly 44 million Americans who have yet to kick their smoking habit, November might be the perfect time to put the cigarettes out for good.
On Thursday, November 21, the American Cancer Society (ACS) will hold the 37th annual
According to the
The ACS believes that even quitting for a day is a step in the right direction toward a healthier lifestyle.
November is also
The University of Maryland Medical Center estimates that cigarette smoking accounts for around 80 percent of all COPD cases. With more than 120,000 deaths each year in the U.S. alone, COPD
In an effort to educate patients and health care providers of COPD, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has launched the
James Kiley, director of the NHLBI Division of Lung Diseases, hopes that increased awareness of the disease will encourage more patients and health care providers to discuss symptoms and treatments for COPD in the doctor’s office.
“It’s no secret that early diagnosis and treatment can improve daily living for those who have COPD, but you can’t get there without an open line of dialogue in the exam room,” Kiley said
Although there is no cure for COPD, lifestyle changes such as smoking cessation, exercise, and a healthy diet can lessen the symptoms of the disease. You should also speak with your doctor about medications that can also help.
While the task of giving up cigarettes might seem daunting to many current smokers, the ACS
- Seek out support in the form of smoking cessation hotlines or stop-smoking groups in your city or online.
- Look into counseling to give you an additional, professional support system.
- Ask your doctor about prescription medications, including Bupropion or Chantix.
- If counseling or medication aren’t possible, there are many books out there that can help.
- Ask your doctor or pharmacist about nicotine replacement products, like patches or gum.
- Talk about quitting with friends and family. Don’t underestimate the power of positive reinforcement and encouragement from loved ones.
For more information about quitting smoking and tobacco products, call the ACS at 1-800-227-2345.