| Smoking Facts|
An individual who smoked a pack-a-day for ten years has spent an average of $12,775 on cigarettes.
1 in 5 Americans is a smoker
Approximately 440,000 die each year from smoking related illnesses.
50% of young smokers will eventually die prematurely from smoking.
49,400 Americans die each year from second hand smoke.
Children whose parents smoke are 20-30% more likely to have asthma.
Second hand smoke contributes close to 300,000 cases of pneumonia & bronchitis in children each year.
| Helpful Tools|
- Set a date for quitting
- Quit with a friend for support
- Chew gum or drink water instead of smoking
- Switch brands to one that you don't like
- Buy one pack at a time
On Quitting Day:
- Throw out cigarettes and ashtrays
- Stay busy. Do other activities instead of smoking
- Chew Gum, candy or use a toothpick
- Reward yourself at the end of the day
If you are ready to quit smoking the American Cancer Society is here to help. They have many tools and wonderful support to carry you through this process. Visit their website at: www.cancer.org
For online step-by-step cessation guides and other publications visit: www.smokefree.gov
Also, ask your current health care provider for information and tools for quitting.
Quitting is a big process and with these small steps, you can begin to live a healthier lifestyle!
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