Thinking about quitting smoking/tobacco/chewing tobacco/vaping products is the first step towards doing it. Quitting can be a real challenge but it is one of the best things you can do for your health.
Reasons to quit
According to the Illinois Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 19.9 percent of adults in Logan County smoke which is 3.3 percent higher than the state average.
Tobacco is the agent most responsible for avoidable illness and death in America today. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tobacco use brings premature death to almost half a million Americans each year, and it contributes to profound disability and pain in many others. The World Health Organization states that approximately one-third of all tobacco users in this country will die prematurely because of their dependence on tobacco. Areas with a high smoking prevalence will also have a greater exposures to second hand smoke for non-smokers, which can cause or exacerbate a wide range of adverse health effects such as cancer, respiratory infections, and asthma.
Benefits of quitting:
- In 20 minutes your blood pressure drops to normal
- In 24 hours your chance of heart attack decreases
- In 1 year your risk of coronary artery disease is half that of a smoker.
- In 5 years the lung cancer rate for an average former smoker (one pack per day) decreases by almost half.
ALMH can help
It is difficult to quit smoking, and may require several attempts. Multiple resources are available to help you quit.
Talk to your doctor about quitting.
No referrals are necessary. Call the ALMH Respiratory Therapy department today. We offer individualized smoking cessation services. Call 217-605-5111 to learn about the program.
Visit these online resources:
5 Steps to Quit Smoking
Is Vaping Better Than Smoking?