Quitting smoking isn’t easy. In fact, it can be one of the hardest habits to break. But you can start your journey by joining in the Great American Smokeout, an annual event that encourages smokers to stop tobacco smoking by quitting cigarettes for 24 hours and then trying to keep that momentum going.
The Benefits of Quitting for Just One Day — and Beyond
Day One: After just 20 minutes without a cigarette, the heart rate drops. So does blood pressure. Twelve hours later, the body will cleanse the carbon monoxide from the last cigarette from the body. If you make it past Day One, your risk of heart attack begins to decrease along with heart disease and stroke.
Day Two. After just two days, things start tasting and smelling better as your nerves begin healing from the smoke damage.
Day Three. This day is a tough one. The nicotine is leaving your body and symptoms of withdrawal may occur.
One Month. At the end of your first month smoke-free, you’ll notice you can breathe easier, and coughing is reduced.
Learn more about the risks of smoking and the benefits of quitting.
How to Participate
Smokers: Join millions of other smokers and make a pledge not to smoke for the day.
Nonsmokers: Support your friends and family who are trying to quit smoking. Offer encouragement and help them to keep their pledge.
Social Media: Show your support online using hashtag #GreatAmericanSmokeout.