CDC: “This July 4th, Gain Freedom From Tobacco Use”

4thfireworks1Most people have loved ones who continue to use tobacco despite the overwhelming evidence of the negative health impacts associated with the addiction. This Fourth of July, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are encouraging people to “declare [their] independence from tobacco use]’.

Excerpt from the CDC website:

The CDC’s national tobacco education campaign, Tips From Former Smokers, which features real people who are living with the health consequences caused by smoking, shows how dramatically smoking can affect one’s independence and quality of life. Stories from Tips participants also demonstrate firsthand how quitting smoking can improve one’s quality of life, help avoid life-altering illnesses, and help regain personal independence.

Regaining independence is not the only reason to quit smoking:

  • Lowering the risk for lung cancer and other types of cancer
  • Reducing the risk for coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease
  • Reducing respiratory symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath
  • Lowering the risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), one of the leading causes of death in the United States
  • For women of reproductive age, reducing the risk for infertility
  • For pregnant women, reducing one’s risk of having a low birth weight baby

This Fourth of July, help your loved ones gain freedom from tobacco use!

To read more from the CDC on this topic, click HERE

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