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Today's the day to quit smoking! Join others today as they give up their cancer sticks during the 36th annual Great American Smokeout. Created and sponsored by the American Cancer Society, the Great American Smokeout is a day dedicated to encouraging smokers to quit or set a date to quit once and for all. With a step-by-step guide to quitting, a countdown clock (that you can download straight to your computer!), and even more tools, the ACS offers resources and support to all those committed to quitting smoking.
Just can't bring yourself to quit today, but still determined to kick the habit? Then plan on quitting on a Monday. Why a Monday, you ask? Because your mind and body are already geared up to begin a fresh, new week, explains Sid Lerner, chairman of the Monday Campaigns, the non profit organization that brings you Meatless Monday and Quit & Stay Quit Monday.
Whether you quit today, next Monday, or even after that, here are only some of the ways you'll reward your body by leaving the clouds of smoke behind:
*20 minutes after quitting your heart rate and blood pressure drop *12 hours after quitting the carbon monoxide level in your blood normalizes *2-3 months after quitting your circulation improves and your lung function increases *1 year after quitting the excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a continuing smoker's
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Source: The American Cancer Society, The Monday Campaigns