Quit Smoking

The cigarette was invented in 1832 and first manufactured in the U.S. in 1869. In 1965 46% of the U.S. population were smokers, as of 2010 this number dropped significantly to 19%. Although there has been a large decrease in the number of U.S. smokers, a whopping 45 million people still smoke.

The decrease in the number of U.S. smokers has been partly attributed to an increased understanding of the dangers of smoking. But does this mean that the 45 million current smokers do not understand these dangers? No. It just means that it is hard to quit smoking. Most smokers want to quit but cannot because they are addicted to nicotine. It can take up to 8-10 attempts to quit smoking for good.

If you are trying to quit smoking, check to see if your health plan or employer offers these services or products:
  1. Counseling
  2. Doctor recommended and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved smoke cessation medications - patches, gums, nasal sprays, inhalers
  3. Smoke cessation wellness programs
It is never too late to quit smoking and reduce its harmful effects. Smoking tobacco products causes cancer, heart and lung disease, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and even death. Commit to quit and improve your health.
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