Smoking Cessation and Tobacco Control Resources

Smoking Cessation and Tobacco Control Resources

Smoking wreaks havoc on the body, causing health problems that can lead to life-threatening diseases like lung cancer. The best way to protect your health is to quit. Quitting smoking has wide-ranging benefits for individuals, families and communities. Despite the damage smoking causes, quitting can make a world of difference. According to the American Cancer Society:

WITHIN MINUTES OF SMOKING YOUR LAST CIGARETTE, YOUR BODY BEGINS TO RECOVER.

For many smokers, however, quitting smoking is a daunting, almost insurmountable challenge. Luckily, local and national resources are available to help people quit. 

BENEFITS TO QUITTING TOBACCO

  • Lowers the risk of diabetes
  • Builds stronger bones and muscles
  • Returns the sense of smell to normal
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Reduces risk of digestive diseases, such as Crohn's disease
  • Reduces hypertension 
  • Protects the heart and lungs

On average, life expectancy for smokers is at least 10 years shorter than that of non-smokers. 

Resources for Tobacco Users

HELP YOUR PATIENT QUIT USING TOBACCO


Health care providers play a fundamental role in helping their patients quit smoking or using tobacco products. Quitting tobacco can often be difficult and require the support of the tobacco user's family, friends and medical professionals. 

The following resources can help you talk with your patients about quitting tobacco and equip them with the tools to succeed:


SMOKING CESSATION AND TOBACCO CONTROL POLICY


Smoking and tobacco use is one of the leading causes of preventable death throughout the world.

Tobacco use varies significantly by country. Over the past couple of decades, smoking rates have declined significantly in the developed world, shifting to developing countries and subsequently increasing the health costs these countries must bear.