Tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, accounting for about 30% of all cancer deaths. In fact, today there are more former smokers than current smokers in Florida.
It's hard to stop smoking but tobacco users are not alone in this battle. "Health benefits begin occurring quickly after quitting smoking, including rapid improvements in blood carbon monoxide levels and in respiratory tract function, as well as slower improvements over time in immune function".
Well-Ahead Louisiana is a Louisiana Department of Health program that promotes healthy workplaces and tobacco-free environments in Louisiana.
"Nearly 70% of people who now smoke cigarettes want to quit, and the Great American Smokeout is about helping people reach that important goal". It's about learning and about finding and using tools to reduce and eventually end personal tobacco use. Creating a quit plan and using proven-effective resources, like Tobacco Free Florida, can significantly increase your chances of quitting smoking for good. "With the right support, you can do it; the American Cancer Society and The New York State Quitline can help".
It's the annual Great American Smokeout - marked on the third Thursday in November - when smokers, hopefully, will make the commitment to stop smoking for the day.
¯ 87 percent - The percentage of lung cancer deaths in the US caused by smoking.
Tobacco use and the resulting health issues persist in many populations based on education, socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, LGBTQ community, those with mental illness, in the military and in certain geographic areas, according to the American Cancer Society.
These populations tend to be those who experience inequities in multiple areas of their lives and can affect the choices a person makes, but more importantly can affect a person's opportunity to be as healthy as possible.
For years, cigarette smoking was on the decline, but that changed with smokeless cigarettes.
Quitting lowers the risk of many adverse health effects including reproductive health outcomes, cardiovascular disease, COPD and 12 types of cancers.