Smoking Cessation

Many people who start smoking think they will be able to stop whenever they want.  Unfortunately, the younger people start smoking the harder it can be to quit.  Most adult smokers wish they had never started in the first place.  Give yourself and your family a longer healthier and happier life, go smoke free, before it is too late...

 

What's in a cigarette?

There are approximately 600 ingredients in cigarettes. When burned, they create more than 4,000 chemicals. At least 50 of these chemicals are known to cause cancer, and many are poisonous.  Many of these chemicals are also found in consumer products, but these products have warning labels. While the public is warned about the danger of the poisons in these products, there is no such warning for the toxins in tobacco smoke.

 

The ashes‚ tar‚ gases‚ and other poisons in cigarettes harm your body over time. They damage your heart and lungs. They also make it harder for you to taste and smell things‚ and fight infections.

 

Here are a few of the chemicals in tobacco smoke, and other places they are found:

Acetone – found in nail polish remover
Acetic Acid – an ingredient in hair dye
Ammonia – a common household cleaner
Arsenic – used in rat poison
Benzene – found in rubber cement
Butane – used in lighter fluid
Cadmium – active component in battery acid
Carbon Monoxide – released in car exhaust fumes
Formaldehyde – embalming fluid
Hexamine – found in barbecue lighter fluid
Lead – used in batteries
Napthalene – an ingredient in moth balls
Methanol – a main component in rocket fuel
Nicotine – used as insecticide
Tar – material for paving roads
Toluene - used to manufacture paint


Why Quit?
Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States, killing more than 440,000 Americans each year. More than 8 million Americans are living with a smoking related disease, and every day more than 1,000 youth under the age of 18 become daily smokers.

Lung cancer is the leader cancer killer of both men and women, responsible for almost 160,000 deaths each year. Although the number of lung cancer deaths among men has plateaued, the number is still rising among women. African Americans are more likely to develop and die from lung cancer than persons of any other racial group.

Tobacco use can lead to nicotine dependence and serious health problems. Cessation can significantly reduce the risk of suffering from smoking-related diseases. Tobacco dependence is a chronic condition that often requires repeated interventions, but effective treatments and helpful resources exist. Smokers can and do quit smoking.

The ashes‚ tar‚ gases‚ and other poisons in cigarettes harm your body over time. They damage your heart and lungs. They also make it harder for you to taste and smell things‚ and fight infections. The diagram below shows some of the harmful consequences of smoking:

 

 

 Services to help you quit
1-800-QUIT-NOW is a free telephone support service that can help individuals who want to stop smoking or using tobacco. Callers have access to several types of cessation information and services, including:

Free support and advice from experienced counselors; personalized quit plan; self-help materials; social support and coping strategies; the latest information about cessation medications; and over-the-counter nicotine replacement medications for eligible participants (in more than half of U.S. states)

 

The Lung Association has been successfully helping smokers quit for more than 30 years with their Freedom From Smoking® program. In addition, the Lung Association's    Not-On-Tobacco® (N-O-T) program is designed for smokers aged 14 to 19 who want to quit and is America's most popular smoking cessation program for teens.  For assistance with quitting smoking or for additional questions about lung health, please call our Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872).

 

SmokefreeTXT is a mobile service designed by Smokefree.gov to provide 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips to help smokers stop smoking for good. Signing up is quick and easy!

Text the word QUIT to IQUIT (47848) from your mobile phone, answer a few questions, and you'll start receiving messages, OR
Click here to sign up for SmokefreeTXT directly, answer a few questions, and you'll start receiving text message