This Thursday, Nov. 16, is the Great American Smokeout, the day each year when smokers are encouraged to make a plan to quit. Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States, but about 40 million Americans still smoke cigarettes. Continue reading
The third Thursday in November is the Great American Smokeout, the day each year when smokers are encouraged to make a plan to quit. Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States, but about 40 million Americans still smoke cigarettes.
How many Idahoans smoke or use tobacco products?
About 16 percent of adult Idahoans smoke. Around 10,200 high school students smoke, and many begin smoking as early as age 13. Nicotine in tobacco is so addictive, it’s difficult to stop once you start, and when you start at such an early age, the health problems get worse.
Why is it important to quit smoking sooner rather than later?
The benefits of quitting start immediately. After 20 minutes of not smoking, your heart rate and blood pressure drop. 12 hours after quitting, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal. A year after quitting, your extra risk of a heart attack related to smoking drops by half. And after 10-15 years being cigarette-free, there is a substantial reduction in your risk for cancer or heart disease from smoking. Continue reading
Electronic cigarettes and vaping have become increasingly popular over the last several years. But no matter where you stand in the debate about whether an e-cigarette is healthier than a traditional cigarette, there’s no denying that both are extremely efficient at delivering nicotine, which is a highly addictive drug, into our bodies.
Here’s a short Q&A that highlights the reasons public health officials are so concerned about vaping. Continue reading