Start Making Healthier Choices Today
Quitting smoking greatly reduces the risk of disease and early death. In fact, tobacco use is the number one preventable cause of death around the world. It contributes to serious ongoing health problems, including heart disease, stroke, obstructive pulmonary disease, cancer and asthma.1 The use of any tobacco product, including e-cigarettes is harmful. Most e-cigarettes products contain nicotine which can harm brain development in youth and ultrafine particles that can reach deep into the lungs can cause health problems.
Even nonsmokers can be affected by tobacco use. Secondhand smoke can cause poor health and injury to non-tobacco users. Asthma, the most common childhood chronic disease, is particularly triggered by secondhand smoke. The smoke that comes from vaping is not water vapor; it’s an aerosol containing many harmful and potentially harmful substances.
Never Too Late to Quit
You already know quitting is the best thing you can do to lead a healthier life. More than half of adult smokers have tried to quit at some point. And with effective treatment for nicotine dependence, there is now a higher number of former smokers than the number of current smokers. If you have tried to quit before but were unsuccessful, don’t give up. With help, you can conquer this addiction!
The Georgia Tobacco Quit Line
The Georgia Tobacco Quit Line is a free and confidential 24/7 service, whose quit coaches improve the chances of quitting by 50%. The service provides professional support such as counseling, resources, customized quit plans, nicotine-replacement therapies, and a Tobacco Quit Kit.
Stop smoking. Start dialing. 1-877-270-STOP
To find out more on improving your health and quality of life by preventing nicotine use, please visit us at www.cobbanddouglaspublichealth.org or call 770-514-2300.
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- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2014 [accessed 2017 Apr 20].
- Georgia Department of Public Health.Georgia Tobacco Use Surveillance Report 2015. Health Protection, Epidemiology, Chronic Disease, Healthy Behaviors and Injury Epidemiology Section, October 2015.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. BRFSS Prevalence and Trends Data. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), 2017.
- Georgia Department of Public Health. 2018 Electronic Cigarette Use among Youth in Georgia. Georgia Tobacco Use Prevention Program, Health Protection, Epidemiology, Chronic Disease, Health Behaviors and Injury Epidemiology Section, April 2018.
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking: 50 Years of Progress. A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2014.
- Georgia Department of Public Health. (2014). The Dangers of Secondhand Smoke. Georgia Gov. Retrieved from https://dph.georgia.gov/dangers-secondhand-smoke
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Current Asthma Prevalence (2017). National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), 2017 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) Data. 2017.