Helping you kick the habit
THE FACTS ABOUT CIGARETTE SMOKING
· Cigarette smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causes many diseases, and reduces the health of smokers in general.
· Quitting smoking lowers your risk for smoking-related diseases and can add years to your life.
· Smokers are at greater risk for diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels (cardiovascular disease).
· Smoking can make it harder for a woman to become pregnant. It can also affect her baby’s health before and after birth.
· Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.
· More than 10 times as many U.S. citizens have died prematurely from cigarette smoking than have died in all the wars fought by the United States.
· Smoking causes about 90% (or 9 out of 10) of all lung cancer deaths.
· Smoking causes about 80% (or 8 out of 10) of all deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
· The risk of dying from cigarette smoking has increased over the last 50 years in the U.S.
· Quitting smoking cuts cardiovascular risks. Just 1 year after quitting smoking, your risk for a heart attack drops sharply.
· Within 2 to 5 years after quitting smoking, your risk for stroke may reduce to about that of a nonsmoker’s.
· If you quit smoking, your risks for cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder drop by half within 5 years.
· Ten years after you quit smoking, your risk for dying from lung cancer drops by half.
Quitting is a Journey
Logon to www.smokefree.gov. On this site you’ll find support, tips, tools, and expert advice to help you or someone you love quit smoking. You can connect with a National Cancer Institute LiveHelp information specialist for immediate information and answers about quitting smoking. Counselors who are trained specifically to help smokers quit are available through toll free Quitlines.
Source: cdc.gov & smokefree.gov