With the new year, many people will make the commitment to improve their health by making resolutions. Quitting smoking or tobacco is one of the best ways to improve a person's overall health.
"It's important to remember that once you commit to quit tobacco, you might have to make several attempts," says Emma Goforth, tobacco cessation expert at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. "Most people do. That's because nicotine is very addictive. But people shouldn't give up trying just because they haven't succeeded in the past. There are multiple resources to help people quit."
Celebrating 10 years of service, the Colorado QuitLine offers a free telephone coaching service to quit using tobacco. Along with personalized coaching, the service provides a free supply of nicotine patches or gum. Colorado residents can call 1 800 QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669). Additional resources are available at www.coquitline.org or www.facebook.com/quitlineco.
"When people quit, they'll feel their health improve immediately," said Karen O'Brien, health educator at the Delta County Health Department. "Within 20 minutes after quitting, their heart rate and blood pressure will drop. And within 12 hours, their carbon monoxide levels in the blood decrease. They'll feel better and breathe easier, too."
Long-term health benefits of quitting include lowering your risk of cancer, heart disease and stroke and increasing your overall health and life-span.
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States and can lead to severe health problems – including cancer, heart disease and strokes. About 4,300 Coloradans die every year from tobacco-related illnesses. Annual Colorado healthcare costs directly caused by tobacco use exceed $1.3 billion.
Additionally, research shows that secondhand smoke causes heart disease and lung cancer in non-smoking adults and is a known cause of sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS, respiratory problems, ear infections, and asthma attacks in infants and children. Even brief exposure to secondhand smoke can trigger heart attacks.blog comments powered by Disqus