If you don't smoke now-don't start!
If you do smoke, it's never too late to quit.
remains the number one cause of preventable disease and death in
the U.S., with more than 140,000 women dying each year from smoking-related
diseases. Use of tobacco increases your risk of cancer, heart disease
and stroke, respiratory diseases, and reproductive disorders. Tobacco
use also increases risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, pre-term delivery,
and infant death and is a cause of low birth weight in infants.
not only affects your health, but also your children's health. It's
estimated that mothers who smoke at least 10 cigarettes a day can
cause asthma among their children. In addition, children with asthma
have their condition worsened by exposure to second-hand smoke.
Second-hand smoke also increases a child's risk of pneumonia, bronchitis
and fluid in the middle ear.
the smoking addiction is hard, but you can do it. Here are some
down why you want to quit.
that it will take effort to quit. Take it one day at a time.
a quit date.
rid of all cigarettes at home, in the car and at work.
your primary care physician for help. Consider nicotine replacement
products, counseling, and even acupuncture.
joining a smoking cessation support group.
friends and family how they can help.
of three cigarette substitutes you can use such as fresh fruits,
chewing gum, crocheting, drawing, or squeezing a rubber ball.
Put these in places where you kept cigarettes.
you start to smoke again, don't feel bad. Try quitting again. Your
chances of remaining smoke-free get better with each try. You fail
only when you stop trying.
start to breathe easier within 2-3 weeks.
oxygen will get to your brain.
ability to taste and smell will improve.
will probably live longer and better.
chance of having cancer, heart disease, or a stroke will lessen.
chance of having a healthy baby will improve.
will have more money to spend on things other than cigarettes.
symptoms are normal and will end soon. Your body is healing and
you are becoming a healthy ex-smoker. Help is available.
note: Information from National Women's Health Information Center
and also from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at
for Clear the Air...
on Smoking and Health
Long and Healthy Life: It's Your Choice