Smoking cessation is a key component of leading a heart-healthy lifestyle. With heart attack the leading cause of firefighter deaths, and other illnesses such as lung cancer, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis significant threats to smokers and those exposed to second-hand smoke, leading a smoke-free life is a critical component to keeping first responders safe and healthy.
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, a national campaign dedicated to increasing attention to lung cancer issues. In addition, the Great American Smokeout on November 17 encourages smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. If you smoke, make your plan to quit this month. If you’re a nonsmoker, use these events to promote a smoke-free lifestyle in your department.
This month, challenge every department member – smokers and non-smokers – to make your department smoke-free. Direct smokers to the smoking session resources and encourage them to make a plan for a quit date. Nonsmokers can use the information to find out ways to help their department members stop smoking. Leadership can utilize sample no-smoking policies. Everyone wins in this challenge by creating a healthier, stronger department.
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