INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. - The Washoe County District Board of Health will join communities across the nation in proclaiming Thursday, November 15th as the Great American Smokeout. This is the 37th annual Smokeout and is a way to inspire and encourage smokers to quit for a day.Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causing many diseases and affecting the health of smokers and non-smokers exposed to secondhand smoke. The Washoe County Health District is committed to eliminating the harmful effects of tobacco use in our community.Unfortunately, nearly 20 percent of adults in Washoe County smoke and 23 percent of Washoe County high school students are already regular tobacco users. Almost 60 percent of adult smokers in our community attempted to quit at least once last year."Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States," said Dr. Joe Iser, District Health Officer. "Quitting smoking is the most important thing you can do for your health and the Great American Smokeout is a great way to start."In just 20 minutes after quitting smoking, heart rate and blood pressure drop, and in about 1 to 9 months after quitting, coughing and shortness of breath decrease.There are many resources for individuals looking to quit, including 1-800-Quit-Now, a free telephone based cessation assistance program. Additional resources provided by local hospitals and non-profits can be found at www.GetHealthyWashoe.com
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