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Is It The Right Time For You To Quit Smoking?
Consider the Facts
- Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer among both American men and women. Each year 440,000 people in the U.S. die from tobacco use.
- Nationally, 22.9% of high schools students were current smokers in 2002. Almost 27% of those 18-24 years old were current smokers in 2002.
- Smoking tobacco (cigarettes, cigars, and pipes) account for 87% of lung cancers.
- Smoking is a major cause of cancers of the mouth, larynx, pharynx, esophagus, kidney, bladder, pancreas and cervix.
- Smokers believe that cigarette smoking relieves stress. The truth of the matter is that tobacco dependency is associated with heightened stress.
Is Your Smoking Hurting the Ones you Love?
- Only 15% of smoke from a cigarette is inhaled by the smoker. The other 85% goes directly in to the air and is known as “second-hand” smoke.
- Each year, second-hand smoke may be responsible for about 3,000 lung cancer deaths in nonsmoking adults and an additional 35,000 to 40,000 cases of heart disease in nonsmokers.
- We know that children of parents who smoke have more frequent and more severe asthma attacks, bronchitis and pneumonia; get more ear infections; and are at a greater risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Benefits of Being Smoke Free
- Reduces risk of heart disease, stroke and chronic lung disease.
- Fewer wrinkles and softer skin.
- Improves taste and smell.
- Reduces risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, low birth weight baby.
- Personal benefits: feel more in control of life; better smelling hair, breath, clothes, home and care; have whiter teeth. Time savings: not having to take smoke breaks.
- Family benefits: reduces children’s respiratory tract infections; sets good examples for children and reduces cancer risks.
Understanding Your Ability to Quit Smoking
- Tobacco use is an addiction. Learning about your addiction is an important tool to your ability to quit.
- Familiarize yourself with the products available on the market to help you quit smoking and to learn how to use them properly.
- Don’t try to go it alone. Seek out support from other smokers who can help you through the process.
Local Resources for Smoking Cessation
- American Lung Association, 1541 Allentown Road, Lima, OH 45805 Locally 419-224-8561 or (800) LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872)
- American Cancer Society, 616 S. Collett Street, Lima, OH 45805 Locally (419) 225-8860 or (800) 4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237)
- American Heart Association, P. O. Box 593, Lima, OH 45802 Locally (419) 223-5761 or (800) AHA-USA1 (1-800-242-8721)
- St. Rita’s Medical Center, 730 W. Market Street, Lima, OH 45801 (419) 227-3361.
- Lima Memorial Health System, 1001 Bellefontaine Avenue, Lima, OH 45804 (419) 226-5036 Leave a Message
- Tobacco Quit Line
The Tobacco Quit Line is a FREE telephone counseling service designed to help you quit smoking cigarettes or using tobacco. You can call toll free at
1-800-QUIT NOW (784-8669).
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