Tobacco 101

Make the commitment to quit.

Make the commitment to quit.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable deaths in the United States, and it kills about 443,000 people each year.

You can kick the habit for good!

Within 20 minutes after you smoke that last cigarette, your body begins a series of changes that continue for years.

20 minutes after quitting your heart rate drops.

12 hours after quitting the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.

2 weeks to 3 months after quitting you heart attack risk begins to drop. Your lung function begins to improve.

1 to 9 months after quitting your coughing and shortness of breath decrease.

1 year after quitting your added risk for coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.

5 to 15 years after quitting your stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker’s.

10 years after quitting your lung cancer death rate is about half that of a smoker’s. Your risk for cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas decreases.

15 years after quitting your risk for coronary heart disease is back to that of a nonsmoker’s.

(Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Make the commitment to quit! View the resources available for tobacco users through Norton Healthcare.

Want to know more?

The next sessions of the successful Cooper/Clayton Method to Stop Smoking begin January 13 at Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital and January 13 at Norton Brownsboro Hospital. Classes are free and meet one hour a week for 13 weeks. Call (502) 629-1234 to register.


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