Stop Smoking, Start Living

Stop Smoking, Start Living

Did you know that one in five Americans still smoke cigarettes on a regular basis? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 38 million Americans still smoke “every day” or “some days.” If you or someone close to you smokes, it is important to understand that there are serious health benefits to quitting. We know it can be a daunting undertaking, but there are many reasons to stop smoking and start living.

Why Quit?

Health Benefits

  • Start Living. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death around the globe. Tobacco use is solely responsible for nearly 6 million deaths worldwide per year, and cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 41,000 deaths as a result of secondhand smoke exposure in the United States alone.
  • Live a Healthier, Improved Quality of Life. Smoking causes cancer and several types of disease. Heart disease, lung disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are a few of the consequences of tobacco use.
  • Increase Life Expectancy. Studies have shown that life expectancy for smokers is shortened by more than 10 years as compared to those that have never smoked.
  • Avoid Damage to Skin, Mouth, Hands and Feet. Smoking compromises oxygen delivery to the skin resulting in poor blood circulation and poor wound healing in skin, hands, and feet. Smoking contributes to bad breath, mouth and jaw cancer, and stained teeth.

Where to Start

There are many resources available to you when you want to quit smoking. Your physician can assist you in recommending behavioral intervention, pharmacotherapy interventions, and even counseling options. Participating in an evidence-based smoking cessation intervention will help you break free from the cycle of tobacco addiction, and allow you to lead a healthier, longer life.

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