- Tobacco use is estimated to account for 20% of all deaths in the United States.
- Almost 90% of lung cancer deaths are caused by smoking.
- Tobacco use is responsible for more than 438,000 premature deaths each year.
- Tobacco smoke contains over 4,800 chemicals including 60 known or suspected cancer causing agents and over 250 toxic chemical compounds.
Facts About Quitting:
- National studies have found that 70% of all tobacco users would like to quit.
- Almost every individual who wants to quit can learn how.
- Most of the health problems related to tobacco use can be reduced by quitting.
- Quitting smoking is beneficial at any age.
What to expect when you quit:
- Within 24 hours your lungs will start to clear out mucus.
- Within 48 hours your sense of smell and taste will improve.
- Within 72 hours you will start to breathe easier and you will have more energy.
- Within 12 weeks coughing, wheezing, and breathing problems will improve.
- Within 1 year, your risk of heart disease will be reduced 50%.
Tips on quitting:
- Spend more time in situations where you have the weakest desire to smoke.
- Avoid people and places the you normally associate with smoking.
- Set a quit date.
- Throw out all cigarettes, ashtrays, lighters, and other things related to smoking.
- Ask friends and family not to smoke around you.
- Don't be afraid to ask for assistance by calling a quitline, talking with someone you trust, or getting counseling.
- Attend a Tobacco Cessastion Class.
- Make a list of positive signs and improvements as you experience them.
- Learn to use natural relaxation techniques instead of reaching for a cigarette.
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