Have you tried several times to quit smoking but can’t make it stick?
Kicking the habit can be difficult, especially on your own.
On Nov. 17, the American Cancer Society will recognize the Great American Smokeout, when the ACS asks everyone to encourage someone you know to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day.
About 40 million Americans smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world, according to the ACS.
But it’s worth it. Among the many benefits for quitting smoking are:
- Longer life: Those who don’t smoke enjoy a reduced risk of developing cancer.
- Easier breathing: By quitting smoking, your coughing and shortness of breath decrease.
- Happier life: Did you know you will experience improved smell and taste if you quit smoking?
- Better heart health: Nonsmokers have a reduced risk for heart disease and other heart-ailments.
That’s why many companies offer smoking cessation programs for their employees through a healthcare provider.
“Quitting smoking is one of the most important actions a person can take to improve their health, but most smokers need help and support to quit,” said Grace Adeniji, a nurse practitioner at Unum. “More and more, employers are offering programs for their employees that offer health coaching and tracking tools to provide the needed support for people trying to quit.”
For employers, reducing the number of employees who smoke can save millions of dollars. According to an Ohio State University study, smokers cost their employers nearly $6,000 a year more than staff who don’t smoke.
There are many health benefits to quitting smoking, and if you need help and guidance you may be able to turn to your employer.