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Smoking Cessation

A Gift to Yourself

If you're a smoker, quitting is the greatest gift you can give yourself and your friends and family. Here are just some of the gifts of health you'll receive:

  • Within 20 minutes: Blood pressure and pulse return to normal levels
  • Within 72 hours: Risk of heart attack drops. The body adjusts and the sense of smell and taste returns.
  • Within 3 months: Lung capacity increases and risk of heart attack decreases.
  • Within 1 year: The risk of heart attack is cut in half. Lung growth begins, increasing the ability to fight infection.

For free assistance in developing a quit plan, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW, or log on to:

Fast Facts

  • Tobacco remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US (source: Cancer Facts and Figures 2011)
  • Each year, smoking results in an estimated 443,000 premature deaths, of which about 49,400 are in non-smokers as a result of secondhand smoke. 10,000 are Hoosiers. (source: Cancer Facts and Figures 2011)
  • Harrison County youth, ages 18-24, make up 6% of our county population. Almost 50% of them use tobacco daily... this accounts for 41% of the tobacco use in the county! (from 2010 census figures)
  • Tobacco accounts for at least 30% of all cancer deaths and 87% of lung cancer deaths (source: Cancer Facts and Figures 2011)

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