Freedom From Smoking
Do you want to see your children graduate from college? Would you like to spend time with your grandchildren? Are you saving for retirement? If you smoke, you may as well forget about all the above! QUIT NOW! You CAN have Freedom From Smoking!
- Over 48 million Americans have quit smoking because there's proof that smoking is not good for your health. In fact, it can kill you.
- If you quit, your lungs will get better sooner than you think. Unless your lungs are already too far gone, your risk of lung cancer is cut in half after five years of not smoking, and even sooner if you are not a heavy smoker (more than 20 cigarettes a day, 20 years of smoking).
- Smokers die younger. People who smoke less than 1/2 a pack a day still have a death rate 30% higher than that ofnonsmokers. (1 to 2 packs a day - 100% higher, 2 or more packs a day - 140% higher.) Smoking causes 390,000 deathsa year; deaths that didn't have to happen. People have not only died from lung cancer, but they have also died from mouth,throat, and bladder cancer, as well as heart attacks and strokes.
- Let's look at lung cancer. If you began smoking between the ages of 15 and 24, you are 10 to 14 times more likely to die of lung cancer. If you began smoking before the age of 15, you are 19 times more likely to die of lung cancer than if you had never smoked at all.
- What else can go wrong if you smoke? You can develop breathing problems that can lead to death. For example,emphysema, a kind of deep cough that won't go away, is one common dangerous side effect of smoking. Also, your chances of not feeling healthy or fit are 10 times more likely than a nonsmoker.
- Smoking hurts women. Lung cancer now causes more deaths for women than any other cancer. The death rate for women has gone up 425% over the 30 years since women started smoking as much as men. Pregnant women should not smoke at all. If they do, after birth, their babies could weigh less than 5 pounds, die in the first month of life, or be still-born.
- What about second hand smoke? If you're around smokers in your family, your chance of getting lung cancer is 30% higher than in a family of nonsmokers. Children of smokers are also more likely to be sick with coughs and colds and, due to the smoke around them, their lungs won't be as strong as children's lungs from non-smoking families.
Have any of these facts scared you?
Do you think you're ready to break the habit? If so, join the more than 48 million Americans who have quit, before it's too late!
(Source: American Cancer Society.)
The health benefits over time:
20 minutes after quitting: Your blood pressure drops to a level close to that before the last cigarette. The temperature of your hands and feet increase to normal.
8 hours after quitting: The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
2 weeks to 3 months after quitting: Your circulation improves and your lung function increases up to 30%.
1 year after quitting: The excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker's.
10 years after quitting: The lung cancer death rate is about half that of a continuing smoker's. The risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophgaus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas decrease.