Everybody knows that tobacco is bad for you, right?? No one has been living under a rock? Good!
Most people think the problem has mostly gone away. People have stopped talking about smoking all together in the face of other diseases and cancers. However, as of 2013 tobacco is the cause of nearly 1 in 5 deaths in the United States.
Now tobacco can cause many different problems, but the first thing most people think of is lung cancer. Lung cancer is not only the most common cause of cancer-related death in men and women, but it is also the most preventable.
But that’s not all! Tobacco use also increases the risk for cancers of the mouth, lips, nose and sinuses, voice box, throat, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, kidney, bladder, uterus, cervix, colon/rectum, ovary, and acute myeloid leukemia.
With the holiday season coming up, spread the word about the health benefits of quitting! But most people already know the risk they run. So what can you do?
Studies have shown that if people have more perceived control, then they are more likely to quit. This is the most effective psychological method tested for people trying to quit smoking. Empower someone today. Let them know how strong they are, and chances are, you’ve already put them on the path to quitting and reducing their chances of cancer and disease!
For more fasts about tobacco use, go to cancer.org.
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Post by Carolyn Smith