Benefits of Being Tobacco-free
Here are some benefits you can enjoy by being tobacco-free!
- Whiter teeth and fresher breath
- Healthier skin with more elasticity
- Better sense of smell and taste
- More energy
- Reduced stress levels
- Half the risk of stroke than smokers
- Thirty percent greater lung capacity than smokers
- Ten times less likely to develop Peripheral Artery Disease
This month, it's time to kick the habit for good. Take the opportunity to quit tobacco on November 21 during the 38th Annual Great American Smokeout, and you can enjoy a longer, healthier life! The annual Great American Smokeout serves as a platform to encourage smokers to quit for at least one day or kick the habit for good.
If you use tobacco and decide it's time to quit, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi can help! Our "be tobacco-free" Program provides covered members with up to 90 days of tobacco cessation therapy, including support from the Tobacco Quitline, visits with a "be smoke-free" Network Provider and medication and/or nicotine replacement therapy. Learn more about the "be smoke-free" Program for individuals and tips on quitting.
Quitting tobacco can reduce your risk for cancer, cardiovascular disease and stroke. It is the most preventable cause of disease and early death in the U.S., and Mississippi has one of the highest smoking rates in the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 22.7 percent of the population in Mississippi (more than 493,000 people) are current smokers. However, many of those have attempted to quit for at least one day over the past year. While quitting smoking and tobacco use can be difficult, there are many resources available to help make it easier and increase your chance of success. Some immediate benefits include better smelling breath, whiter teeth, improved taste and better sense of smell.
Businesses can also benefit from implementing a tobacco-free workplace. Non-smokers can benefit from a healthier work environment and it may even encourage smokers to cut back or quit. Healthier employees are more productive, miss less work and have lower healthcare costs. Learn more about creating a tobacco-free workplace on our website.
Quitting smoking and tobacco use is one of the most important decisions you can make for yourself and your family. The American Cancer Society's website features a complete section on how you can avoid tobacco and its harmful effects. We've also included some tips to help avoid weight gain when quitting.