All tobacco use is harmful to the overall health of you & your family. It's Never Too Late to Quit Smoking.
Smoking causes both immediate & long-term damage to your health. Each year in the United States, smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths. Smoking increases the risks for stroke, heart disease, lung disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and a large variety of cancers. It can also cause eye problems, gum disease, and tooth loss.
Second-hand Smoke There are always health risks associated with second-hand smoke. Second-hand smoke is smoke coming from a cigarette and the smoke a tobacco user exhales that can be inhaled by others. Cigarette smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals, some of which cause cancer. Simply leaving the area where someone is smoking or opening a window does not prevent others from breathing in second-hand smoke. Second-hand smoke causes respiratory problems, ear infections, more frequent asthma attacks, and an increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome in children & heart disease, lung cancer, and an increased risk for stroke in adults.
Third-hand Smoke Third-hand smoke is toxins from cigarette smoke that sticks to surfaces such as furniture, carpet, clothing, hair & skin, car upholstery, curtains, and more. These toxins stick around long after a cigarette has been put out. Third-hand smoke exposes people to the same toxins in tobacco smoke, which includes cancer causing substances. Third-hand smoke can harm the health of your loved ones and can even harm pets.
Those who smoke become addicted to the substance nicotine that is found in tobacco. Addiction can make it difficult to quit, and quitting for good may require several tries, but it is possible!
.On your journey to quit, you may initially experience symptoms of withdrawal such as:
Feeling angry, irritable, or moody
Having trouble thinking & concentrating
Increased feelings of hunger
Extreme cravings for a cigarette
Feelings of depression
These symptoms fade over time and ultimately you are doing the best thing for your overall health. Once you quit smoking you lower your risk for heart disease, lung disease, & cancer. You also improve you body's ability to heal & fight off disease. Improving your health allows you to live a longer, more fulfilling life without addiction.
Think seriously about quitting. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW anytime from 8AM to 3AM 7 days a week for free information on quitting tobacco, one-on-one telephone counseling with a Quit Coach, a free Quit Kit, & free 2 weeks of nicotine replacement treatment available for those who qualify. You can also enroll for 24/7 support from Text2Quit services. Text2Quit provides personalized tips to quit, words of support and encouragement, and interactive text games and trackers. Enroll today at www.eQuitNow.com or Text2Quit.com.
Wabash County Tobacco Free Coalition provides additional support & resources. Call us today at 260-274-2920 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.