Did you know that more than 392,000 people die from tobacco-caused disease each year in the U.S.? An additional 50,000 people die from exposure to secondhand smoke.*
According to the U.S. Surgeon General, quitting smoking is the single most important step that a woman can take to live longer and improve her quality of life.
The health benefits of quitting smoking begin immediately. After 20 minutes of smoking cessation, a smoker's heart rate will drop to a normal level. After 12 hours one's carbon monoxide level in the blood drops to normal. And after only two weeks to three months, the risk of having a heart attack begins to drop, and lung function begins to improve.**
Smoking cessation also:
- Lowers the risk for lung and other types of cancer.
- Reduces the risk for coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. Coronary heart disease risk is substantially reduced within one to two years of cessation.
- Reduces respiratory symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. The rate of decline in lung function is slower among persons who quit smoking.
- Reduces the risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), one of the leading causes of death in the U.S.
- Reduces the risk for infertility in women during their reproductive years. Women who stop smoking during pregnancy also reduce their risk of having a low birth weight baby.***
Quitting Could Save You Money
Have you ever figured out how much money you spend on cigarettes? Smoking cessation can reap not only health benefits but also monetary rewards.
Make the Commitment to Quit Today
Are you ready to kick the habit? You don't have to do it alone. The American Lung Association offers a program called Freedom From Smoking® Online that includes a step-by-step plan to help you quit smoking. This program takes you through a series of modules that give you educational support along the way to help you stay committed to your goal.
To learn more about Freedom From Smoking® Online, visit their Web site.
*Source: "Stop Smoking" – American Lung Association Web site (accessed 02/20/13)
**Source: "Benefits of Quitting" – American Lung Association Web site (accessed 02/20/13)
***Source: "Health Benefits of Cessation" – CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Web site (accessed 02/20/13)
Note: The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company provides this information to encourage healthful lifestyles and does not dispense medical advice.