According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking accounts for approximately 443,000 deaths per year, one out of every five deaths. The number of deaths, caused from smoking outweighs HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides and murders combined.
90 % – of lung cancer deaths in men
80 % of lung cancer deaths in women
90 % of deaths from chronic obstructive lung disease
Smokers vs. Non-smokers
– Increased risk of coronary heart disease by 2 to 4 times
– Increased risk of stroke by 2 to 4 times
– 23 times more likely for men to develop lung cancer/ 13 times more likely for women
– Increased risk of dying from chronic obstructive lung disease by 12 to 13 times
By reading the statistics, you would think that kicking the habit would be a no-brainer. But, we all know that it is not that simple. With some motivation and the right support, you too can join the millions who have quit!
Helpguide.org has some helpful tips on how to quit smoking, including the following:
S = Set a quit date.
T = Tell family, friends, and co-workers that you plan to quit.
A = Anticipate and plan for the challenges you’ll face while quitting.
R = Remove cigarettes and other tobacco products from your home, car, and work.
T = Talk to your doctor about getting help to quit.