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Emory Promotes Great American Smokeout

smokeoutThe Faculty Staff Assistance Program, Student Health and Counseling Services, and the Tobacco-Free Emory Task Force are partnering to promote the 36th Annual Great American Smokeout (GASO) on November 17, 2010. GASO is the American Cancer Society’s nationally recognized day that rallies thousands of smokers to become smoke-free for a day, and perhaps, ultimately, smoke-free forever.

Emory’s GASO events will take place at various campus locations the week leading up to, and the day of, the Great American Smokeout.  The events are designed to encourage smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting, tobacco users will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.

Health improvements happen almost immediately after quitting smoking. Within 20 minutes, heart rate and blood pressure drop. In 12 hours, the carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal. Two weeks to three months after quitting, circulation improves and lung function increases. One year after quitting, the risk of coronary heart disease is cut in half.


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