Top 10 facts:
1) 70% of adult smokers would like to quit
2) Smoking cessation programs help increase a person's success of being smoke free six times more than quitting on one's own. For more information on free classes click here.
3) In 2013, states collected approximately $25.7 billion from tobacco taxes and legal settlements, but spent less than 2 percent of that on tobacco control programs.
4) Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.
5) A single cigarette contains over 7,000 chemicals, over 60 of which are known to cause cancer.
6) Some of the chemicals cigarettes contain are: arsenic, formaldehyde, lead, hydrogen cyanide, nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, and ammonia.
7) Several active ingredients and special methods of production are involved in making sure the nicotine in a cigarette is many times more potent than that of a tobacco plant.
8) Nicotine reaches the brain within 10 seconds after smoke is inhaled. It has been found in every part of the body and in breast milk.
9) The immune system of smokers has to work harder every day than that of non-smokers.
10) Exposure to secondhand smoke causes nearly 50,000 deaths each year in the U.S. alone.
Remember that it takes time, patience, and practice to quit smoking. It may take more than one try to quit for good. Don't give up! You can learn to feel good again without depending on nicotine.
There are many reasons why you may want to quit smoking. You may be concerned about your health. You may want to have more energy, be a positive role model or your family and friends may be voicing concerns.