12. Do you smoke?

Most of today’s smokers know that smoking is bad for their health and also is harmful to people around them, especially children.  Knowing the facts about smoking doesn’t mean it’s easy to break the habit.

Great reasons for quitting:

  • You will start to feel better within two weeks.
  • You will have more energy, breathe easier, and feel less stress.
  • Your smoker’s cough will go away.
  • You will have fewer colds and bouts with influenza.
  • You will live longer and live healthier. 
  • The people you live with, especially your children, will be healthier. 
  • You will lower your risk of heart attack, stroke or cancer.

Tips to help you quit:

  • Get rid of all cigarettes in your home, car or work place.
  • Ask your family, friends and coworkers for support.
  • Stay in tobacco-free areas.
  • Breathe deeply when you feel the urge to smoke/chew.
  • Keep yourself busy.
  • Reward yourself often.

Quit and save money:

At four dollars per pack, if you smoke one pack per day, you will save $1,460 each year and nearly $15,000 in 10 years.  What else could you do with that money?

For additional information:

  • Discuss with your physician.
  • Contact Affinity NurseDirect at 1-800-362-9900 toll-free, (920) 738-2230 in the Fox Cities, or (920) 231-6578 in Oshkosh.

From your Internet connection:

www.affinityhealth.org
then click on Health Resources
then click on Affinity's 22 Tips for Better Health

Or access the following links:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/smokingcessation.html
www.medlineplus.gov


Adapted from: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) – National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion
Reviewed: 1/07
Reviewer: rfc

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