One day can make the difference! According to the Milbank Teens Against Tobacco Coalition (TATU) November 16 is a great day to quit smoking. The Great American Smokeout starts this Thursday says TATU adviser Heidi Wellnitz. “Whether you have struggled through multiple quit attempts or just decided it’s finally time to make it happen, the Great American Smokeout is the perfect day to take that step toward a healthier, tobacco-free life.”
Keep these smokefree milestones in mind:
Day One – Your body begins to heal! Heart rate and oxygen levels return to normal.
Day Two – Your risk of heart attack decreases.
Week Two – Your lungs are working better. You have increased endurance and stamina during physical activity.
Month Two – You are looking good! Your gums, teeth, and skin look healthier.
One Year – Your risk of coronary heart disease, heart attack, and stroke has dropped to less than half that of a smoker.
Need more motivation? The average smoker spends over $1,900 per year on cigarettes? Need support? Call the South Dakota help line at 800-QUIT-NOW (880-784-8669). The TATU program has quit kits at the Grant County Health office in the courthouse and they are also available at the clinic or hospital in Milbank.
TATU members: (Back l. to r.) Chloe Bender, Anna Mathews, and Tori Hooth. (Third row) Sara Capp, Emma DeBoer, Katie Wollschlager, Elisabeth Schwenn, Angela Hoeke, Shelby Lee, and Jenna Johnson. (Second row) Mya Johannson, Amberly Warren, Morgan Raffety, Kennedy Hilbrands, Jessica Fenhaus, and Tori Quade. (Front) Christian Peery, Gracie Korstjens, Peyten Wiese, Tonya Meyer, Jenny Seehafer, Lilly Peschong, and Maddie Liebe.