Southern Seven Health Department
Promotes World No Tobacco Day
May 31, 2015, is World No Tobacco Day! World No Tobacco Day is all about bringing awareness to the tobacco epidemic currently occurring in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. With this being said, World No Tobacco Day would be a great time to take a moment to think about all of the harmful effects tobacco use can cause. Also, for those who use tobacco, this is a good time to look at ways towards quitting.
Tobacco is a green leafy plant that grows in warm climates and it contains a chemical known as nicotine. Nicotine is a very addictive chemical that is toxic to the body. With this being said, tobacco is an incredibly harmful substance that can be consumed in a variety of ways. Some of those ways could be through smoking cigarettes, pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco, dipping, and using snuff (tobacco sniffed through the nose). All of these variations are harmful to the body. In addition, second hand smoke can be just as harmful. Second hand smoke is dangerous to the body, because those who inhale second hand smoke are inhaling the same toxic chemicals that smokers do. There are numerous diseases and illnesses that result from chronic tobacco use. Some of the most common illnesses that occur from tobacco use are lung cancer, oral cancer, laryngeal cancer, heart disease, and stroke. Even though it can be difficult to stop consuming tobacco once one has started, there are many helpful techniques and products available to reduce and completely stop one from using tobacco.
Currently, the Illinois Department of Public Health and American Lung Association of Illinois offer a tobacco Quit Line. The tobacco Quit Line is a great resource available to tobacco users who reside in the state of Illinois and want to quit using tobacco for good. With this being said the tobacco Quit Line has registered nurses, respiratory therapists, and certified tobacco-treatment counselors who are on call 7 days a week, between 7AM to 11PM to answer all tobacco-related questions. They are available to provide the support needed to break the habit. Also, the Quit Line can help tobacco users obtain products such as lozenges, gum, and patches that might be needed to stop using tobacco. If you are interested in finding out more about the Illinois Tobacco Quit Line, call 1-866-QUIT-YES (1-866-784-8937) or go to www.quityes.org. Stopping tobacco consumption can greatly reduce ones risk for disease and illness. Make World No Tobacco Day the day to stop consuming tobacco or to convince someone you know to stop consuming tobacco!
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