The CDC reports that tobacco use kills about 480,000 people per year in the U.S., and smoking related illnesses cost more than $300 billion each year in medical care and lost productivity (1). Smoking continues to be the leading cause of preventable death in America (2). It’s time to quit smoking and start living again! Here are some ways you can make this fresh start happen this January 14th, National Smokeout Day (3).
The Dangers of Smoking
It is the leading preventable cause of death. Cigarettes contain nicotine, which is addictive. The cancer-causing chemicals in tobacco smoke can reach every part of your body, increasing your risk for cancer. Secondhand smoke causes lung cancer in nonsmokers. Quitting smoking can be hard—but it’s worth it. If you are ready to quit:
Talk with your doctor about medications or treatments that can help you quit smoking (e.g., nicotine replacement therapy).
Ask your friends or family for support or join a support group where people who want to quit smoking meet regularly.
Stick with it! Quitting takes time and effort, but most smokers who keep trying eventually succeed.