No Butts About It – STOP SMOKING

Cigarette smoking is a major cause of disease in the United States. According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 400,000 deaths occur each year as a result of cigarette smoking. And it’s not just from lung cancer and chronic pulmonary disease; smoking doubles the risk of developing coronary heart disease. Smoking also contributes to osteoporosis, skin wrinkling, peptic ulcers, impotence and problems with pregnancy.

That smoking is bad for you isn’t news to many smokers. But because nicotine is highly addictive both physically and psychologically, it’s just so hard to quit!

That’s why a number of treatments focus on nicotine replacement therapy, which is designed to combat the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. This includes nicotine gum, patches, nasal sprays and inhalers. Antidepressants and other treatment medications are also available to help you overcome your dependency.

Remember, if at first you don’t succeed, try again. Most smokers have quit many times before they finally achieve success. And you’ll see the rewards of quitting smoking quickly. Within one year after quitting, your excess risk of coronary heart disease will drop to half that of a smoker’s.