QUIT SMOKING! See our Tobacco Treatment Specialist!
Smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths each year in the United States and more than 6 million deaths worldwide. That’s more than HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle accidents, and firearm incidents combined. More than 10 times as many US citizens have died prematurely from cigarette smoking than have died in all of the wars fought in the United States during its history. On average smokers die 10 years earlier than non-smokers.
Smoking increases the risk of all types of cancers, heart disease, and respiratory disease. It also can make it difficult for a woman to become pregnant, and can decrease a man’s sperm count. In infants of mothers who smoke during pregnancy, it can cause low birth weight, premature birth, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), ectopic pregnancy, orofacial cleft, and miscarriage.
It causes decreased bone density in women. Smoking causes tooth loss, and cataracts, and is a cause of type ll diabetes. Smoking affects every part of the body, decreases your immune system, and causes rheumatoid arthritis.
Quitting smoking cuts your cardiovascular risks. After just one year of not smoking your risk of a heart attack are cut dramatically. After 2 to 5 years your risk of stroke could fall to about that of a nonsmoker. If you quit smoking your risks for cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder is cut in half after 5 years. Ten years after you quit smoking your risk of lung cancer is cut in half.
You can see that smoking has many negative effects on your health, in turn; quitting smoking has just as many positive effects on your health. If you are thinking about quitting but just feel that you can’t do it alone, call the Meigs County Health Department at 740-992-6626 for an appointment. We have a Tobacco Treatment Specialist on board to help you. We can offer you one on one help with your tobacco addiction.
We accept most insurance and Medicaid.