Organization's throughout San Diego supporting smoke out day!


On my way out from my doctor's appointment today at the Naval Base Hospital, I ran across these two wonderful ladies promoting 'smoke out' day.  Bottom line is that smoking affects more than just the smoker. Here are the benefits of 'smoking out':

  • 20 minutes without a cigarette stabilizes heart rate and blood pressure. 
  • After 24 hours, smoker's breath disappears and oxygen levels normalize. 
  • In 2-3 days, breathing is easier.  The sense of taste and smell improve. Take deep breaths and smell the roses!  
  • In just one month, blood circulation levels improve and exercise becomes easier.  
  • One year after quitting, one significantly reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke. The risk of heart disease is the same as a non-smoker after 10 years of kicking the habit. 
  • After 10 years, the risk of lung cancer is cut in half.
  • After 10 years, the average of savings from quitting is estimated at 40,000.  
Unfortunately, I did not catch their names. But putting things into perspective certainly helped!  From the American Cancer Society, this infographic helps understand not only the financial cost of smoking, but the health cost as well.  For more information visit www.cancer.org. 


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About the Doris A. Howell Foundation:

The Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women’s Health Research is committed to keeping the women we love healthy, advancing women’s health through research and educating women to be catalysts for improving family health in the community.

The organization does so by funding scholarships to students researching issues affecting women’s health; providing a forum for medical experts, scientists, doctors, and researchers to convey timely information on topics relevant to women’s health and the health of their families through its Lecture and Evening Series, and by funding research initiatives that improve the health of under-served women and increase awareness and advocacy in the community.

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