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quit smokingNew Year’s is a perfect time to set goals that aim at improving your physical and mental well-being. Adopting a healthy behavior can be a great way to start the year! Most people know that smoking causes cancer, heart disease, and other major health problems. However, quitting smoking can be difficult. Most smokers report as many as eight attempts before they quit for good. The benefits of quitting far outweigh the frustrations of trying to! Quitting smoking will help you feel better and provide a healthier environment for your family. 

When you stop smoking:

  • You will be less likely to develop heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, chronic lung disease, and other smoke-related diseases.
  • You will be more likely to live to know your grandchildren.
  • You will have more energy and breathe more easily.
  • Your clothes, hair, and home will smell better.
  • Your food will taste better.
  • You will have more money that you can spend on other things.
  • You will feel good about what you have done for yourself and your family.

There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke. Breathing even a little secondhand smoke can be harmful. The only way to fully protect yourself and your loved ones from the dangers of other people’s smoke is through 100% smoke-free environments.

You can protect yourself and your family by:

  • Making your home and car smoke-free.
  • Asking people not to smoke around you and your children.
  • Making sure that your children’s day care center is smoke-free.
  • Teaching children to stay away from other people’s smoke.
  • Avoiding all smoke.  If you or your children have respiratory conditions, if you have heart disease, or if you are pregnant, the dangers are greater for you.
  • Learn as much as you can by talking to your doctor, nurse, or health care provider more about the dangers of other people’s smoke.

If you or someone you know wants to quit smoking, talk to your doctor, nurse, or health care provider about strategies. For support in quitting, including free quit coaching, a free quit plan, free educational materials, and referrals to local resources, please call 1-800-QUIT-NOW External Web Site Icon(1-800-784-8669); TTY 1-800-332-8615.

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Immunization Coordinator

Immunization Coordinator in the Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition

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