Smoking is an addictive habit that not only affects the individuals engaging in the activity, but also affects their loved ones. It causes physical harm – internally and externally. This includes cigarette smokers as well as cigar and pipe smokers. Choosing to quit smoking can add years to your life. Protect your lungs and others by overcoming this harmful habit.
Smoking is the most important preventable cause of premature death in the United States. Smokers have a higher risk of developing many chronic disorders, including cancer, emphysema, coronary heart disease, and a higher risk of stroke.
Breathe clean air
It’s also important to avoid other people’s smoke. The link between secondhand smoke (also called environmental tobacco smoke) and cardiovascular-related disease, disability, and death is well known. Each year about 38,000 people die from heart and blood vessel disease caused by secondhand smoke. Nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke at home or at work increase their risk of developing heart disease by 25–30 percent.
Let healing begin today
Your lungs can begin healing as soon as you stop smoking. You can prevent disease and premature death if you are willing to work with your doctor or other resources and follow a treatment plan.
There are many resources available to you if you want to learn more about or commit to quitting – including support groups and hotlines. Knowing that someone understands and shares your struggle can help you stay committed to being smoke-free. These organizations may offer personalized help or listings of classes and support groups in your community.
American Cancer Society
Toll-free hotline: 1-800-ACS-2345 (1-800-227-2345)
American Lung Association
Toll-free hotline: 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872)
MedLine Plus – Local Smoking Cessation Resources (from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health)
National Cancer Institute
Toll-free hotline: 1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848)
National Institutes of Health – Clinical Trials on Smoking Cessation
National Network of Tobacco Cessation Quitlines
Toll free hotline: 1-800-QUITNOW (1-800-784-8669)