Give It Up
Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S.; yet more than 45 million Americans still smoke cigarettes. As of 2010, there were also 13.2 million cigar smokers in the U.S. and 2.2 million who smoke tobacco in pipes.
5 Reasons To Quit Smoking:
- Smoking is the number one risk factor for Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) which kills more Americans each year than any other disease.
- Smoking shaves years—and quality—off life. Non-smokers, on average, live 10 years longer than those who smoke. The nicotine in tobacco can disrupt your sleep, leaving smokers four times more likely to suffer from restless nights.
- Each society gives up the opportunity to buy something important (like education, public safety, development) when valuable resources are spent treating tobacco-related illnesses.
- Free your loved ones from exposure to the harmful (and deadly) effects of your second-hand smoke.
- Quitting will take the edge off. Even though many smokers believe a cigarette will help to calm nerves, studies suggests that quitting will actually decrease anxiety over the long term.
Still need reasons to quit? Plain and simple – it’s deadly, expensive, unattractive, and smelly!
What Happens When A Smoker Quits
How Do I Quit?
- Set a quit date and stick to it.
- Get support from your friends, family, and Health Care Provider.
- Change your environment or develop new interests.
- Stay busy! Fill your schedule with things to keep your mind off of smoking.
- Be prepared for a temptation to relapse by avoiding triggers. Slip-ups are most likely to happen when you are tired, angry, lonely, or hungry.
Where Do I Get Free Help?