Tuesday was World No Tobacco Day but it is never too late to discuss this important topic. We all know smoking cigarettes is bad but what exactly are the risks? The risks include: Shortness of breath and dizziness, chronic bronchitis and emphysema; heart disease, including stroke, heart attack, vascular disease, and aneurysm (burst blood vessel); Lung, mouth, throat, bladder, pancreas and kidney cancer; dry skin and premature wrinkles (AbovetheInfluence, 2001). Smoking is the number one preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the US. At abovetheinfluence.com it is said that, “More than 440,000 Americans die from tobacco-related causes each year, most of whom began using tobacco before the age of 18 (AbovetheInfluence, 2011).” Not only do you affect yourself if you smoke but you also affect everyone around you. Did you know that around 3,000 people die each year from second-hand smoke? That’s 3,000 too many of your friends and family (AbovetheInfluence, 2011).
So what can you do to stop? There are so many programs out there to help those interested in smoking cessation. The University of Toledo Medical Center offers services to help you kick this deadly habit. Even without a face-to-face program a study found that self-help materials and quitting rate compared to no-intervention control, the rate of quitting increased by 20% (Lancaster, 2009). The best solution is to get help. Get as much support as you can because just getting paper in the mail increases your chance of quitting. One drug on the market now is Chantix which, has a 70% rate of quitting. Chantix also provides a support program to improve quitting chances (Chantix.com). Also, If you have someone in the house who smokes, it decreases your chance of quitting. Many health insurances have a program put into place for smoking cessation to decrease their costs by improving your health.
There are so many programs and resources out there for those attempting to quit. Try taking one step closer to quitting and have one less today.
Visit: http://utmc.utoledo.edu/clinics/cardiacrehab/smoking.html for UT’s services.
Also visit chantix.com for information their smoking cessation program.
Lancaster, T., and L. F. Stead. “Self-help Interventions for Smoking Cessation (Review).” The Cochrane Library 2 (2009): 1-21.
“Drug Facts | Tobacco.” AbovetheInfluence.com. Web. 03 June 2011. http://www.abovetheinfluence.com/facts/drugstobacco/.
Quitting – CHANTIX Official Site – CHANTIX Is a Prescription Medicine to Help Adults Quit Smoking. Web. 03 June 2011. <http://www.chantix.com/index.aspx?source=google>.