The Great American Smokeout occurred yesterday, Thursday, November 15, 2012. however, Kennett High School has extended the event throughout the entire week. The student body and staff have been partaking in the spirit week, with a new smoke-free theme each day:
* Monday was Nerd Day: Be smart and tobacco free.
* Wednesday was Mix and Match Day: Don't get mixed up with tobacco.
* Thursday was Mustache Day: We "mustache" (must ask) you to stay away from tobacco.
* Friday is Super Hero Day: Join the fight against tobacco.
Although Kennett High School's spirit week for the Smokeout has lasted a week, the KHS Smokebusters encourages everyone to stay tobacco free year-round. Members of the KHS Smokebusters were present at the Kennett Middle School basketball game at 5 p.m., Thursday night, to educate more on the dangers of tobacco.
"What are the benefits to quitting smoking?" you may ask. According to the American Cancer Society following 20 minutes after quitting, the heart rate and blood pressure drop.
After 12 hours subsequent to quitting, the carbon monoxide level in the person's blood drops to normal.
Between two weeks and three months after quitting, The American Cancer Society says that the circulation improves and your lung function increases. Following one to nine months after quitting, coughing and shortness of breath decrease; cilia (tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of the lungs) start to regain normal function in the lungs, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce the risk of infection.
When the one year mark comes after quitting, the excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a continuing smoker's.
After 5 years from quitting the risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder are cut in half. Cervical cancer risk falls to that of a non-smoker. Stroke risk can fall to that of a non-smoker after 2-5 years.
When 10 years have gone by after quitting the risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a person who is still smoking. And the risk of cancer of the larynx (voice box) and pancreas decreases.
And when a person has gone 15 years after quitting, the risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker's.
The American Cancer Society also says that these are just a few of the benefits of quitting smoking for good. Quitting smoking lowers the risk of diabetes, lets blood vessels work better, and helps the heart and lungs. Quitting while you are younger will reduce your health risks more, but quitting at any age can give back years of life that would be lost by continuing to smoke.