According to the Center for Disease and Control, smoking kills over 480,000 people every year. Few people would disagree that smoking is hazardous to their health, yet millions continue to take part in this habit. The information below provides you information on ways you can work towards a smoke-free life.
The most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a decline in U.S. adult smokers, but an estimated 34 million people still smoke cigarettes. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 1.1 billion adults worldwide smoke cigarettes.
Tobacco has become a very pervasive epidemic, so we encourage you to take some time to learn about the benefits of smoking cessation and how you or a loved one can get started on the journey of quitting smoking.
Smoking can cause immediate bodily damage and result in long-term health problems. More than 16 million Americans are living with a smoking-related disease like cancer, heart disease, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. With all the health risks associated with smoking, it’s important to extinguish your smoking habit for good.
Here are some suggestions to get you started on your journey to being smoke-free:
- Think about when and why you smoke—use the myHealthCheck360 app or site to keep track of when you light up and how you’re feeling. Identifying your triggers can help you prepare to quit.
- Think of the many benefits of quitting, like extending your lifespan, saving more money, and feeling healthier overall, to stay motivated.
- Plan for cigarette cravings to stay on track. Some common strategies for managing cravings include chewing gum, eating a healthy snack, or taking a walk when you feel the urge to smoke.
- Be sure to share your plans with your loved ones so that they can help support you and hold you accountable.
It’s never too late to start your smoking cessation journey. Talk to your HealthCheck360 coach or call your doctor to create a cessation strategy that’s right for you.