Today marks the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout. Every November, they set aside the third Thursday to encourage smokers to go the distance, and to finally give up smoking. With the help of acupuncture, smokers have a greater chance of success!
As Diane Joswick, L.Ac. points out in her article for the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, "acupuncture is not a panacea or a magic cure in the treatment of any addiction, including smoking. But, acupuncture is effective in making it easier to quit and remain smoke-free. If you are highly motivated and ready to quit, acupuncture can empower you to take control and begin a healthy and smoke-free life!"
If you are thinking about quitting, you may want to know that there are documented benefits:
20 minutes: heart rate and blood pressure drop
12 hours: carbon monoxide levels in blood drop to normal
2 weeks to 3 months: circulation and lung function improve
1 year: excess coronary heart disease risk cut in half
5 years: risk of mouth, throat and bladder cancer cut in half
10 years: risk of dying of lung cancer cut in half
15 years: risk of coronary heart disease same as non-smokers'
Cliff Douglas, vice president for tobacco control, said in a cancer society news release "The most important step is the first one: making the decision to quit. We hope the Great American Smokeout gives smokers an opportunity to consider making a lifesaving change." Are you ready to take the first step?