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It's Time to Quit

Everyone knows smoking is bad for your health, but sometimes people just need to be reminded of just how bad.  So here is some information from the Center for Disease Control

•    If nobody smoked, one of every three cancer deaths in the United      States would not happen.
•    The adverse health effects from cigarette smoking account for more than 440,000 deaths, or nearly one of every five deaths, each year in the United States.
•    Smoking causes an estimated 90% of all lung cancer deaths in men and 80% of all lung cancer deaths in women.
Smoking and Increased Health Risks
Compared with nonsmokers, smoking is estimated to increase the risk of
•    Coronary heart disease by 2 to 4 times,
•    Stroke by 2 to 4 times
•    Men developing lung cancer by 23 times,
•    Women developing lung cancer by 13 times, dying from chronic obstructive lung diseases (such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema) by 12 to 13 times.

Smoking and Cardiovascular Disease
•    Smoking causes coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.
•    Cigarette smoking causes reduced circulation by narrowing the blood vessels (arteries) and puts smokers at risk of developing peripheral vascular disease (i.e., obstruction of the large arteries in the arms and legs that can cause a range of problems from pain to tissue loss or gangrene).
•    Smoking causes abdominal aortic aneurysm (i.e., a swelling or weakening of the main artery of the body—the aorta—where it runs through the abdomen)

Smoking and Cancer
Smoking causes the following cancers: (in alphabetical order)
•    Acute myeloid leukemia
•    Bladder cancer
•    Cancer of the cervix
•    Cancer of the esophagus
•    Kidney cancer
•    Cancer of the larynx (voice box)
•    Lung cancer
•    Cancer of the oral cavity (mouth)
•    Pancreatic cancer
•    Cancer of the pharynx (throat)
•    Stomach cancer

If you want to stop smoking there are several ways to achieve it:
Becoming a NON-SMOKER is a process, not just a single act. YOU can make choices and changes that affect your lifestyle and these changes will lead to the goal of a TOBACCO-FREE life.

Many smokers who try to stop on their own are successful. However, 95 out of 100 people who try to stop cold turkey are not successful. Research shows that the best success is achieved by getting help in dealing with all three parts of the nicotine addiction (physical, psychological, and habitual). The more help you get, the better your chances of stopping for good. Your success will be greatly influenced by how much you want to stop using tobacco.

Sacred Heart Health Systems Offers Smoking Cessation Programs with Great Success Rates
Their programs have been proven to work better. The Tobacco Cessation Program tracks the smoking status of everyone who uses its services for a full year. One-year stop rates reported by participants in the Sacred Heart Tobacco Cessation programs are double the national average quit rates.

Here are some testimonials from program participants.

    Karen Sapp, Outpatient Consultation, Smoke free since January 2003
    Richard Devereux, Smoking Cessation Program Participant
    Joseph Salazar, Hospital patient Smoke Free Since May 7, 1999

The TOBACCO CESSATION program consists of:
•    Quit Smoking Now, a six week program with a Certified QSN Cessation Clinician.
•    One-on-one counseling sessions with a Certified Tobacco Cessation Clinician.
•    Proactive telephone counseling to assist you in remaining tobacco-free.
•    Pharmacotherapy recommendations based on your medical history, tobacco questionnaire and person preference.
•    Social support as part of your treatment and assist you in securing social support in your daily life.

Smoking Cessation referrals:
•    Physician and Health Care Providers: Contact 850-416-7764 or by fax to 850-416-7246
•    Self-Referrals: To initiate the referral process or to obtain more program information, call us at 850-416-7764 or call toll free at 1-888-461-6653 or Click here for more information

Program Options:  There are many program options,
•    Individual Consultations
•    Tobacco Cessation Classes
•    Help With Withdrawal

Benefits of Quitting
After only. . .
•    8 hours: Carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal. Oxygen level in blood increases to normal.
•    48 hours: Nerve endings start re-growing. Ability to smell and taste is enhanced.
•    2 weeks to 3 months: Circulation improves. Walking becomes easier. Lung function increases up to 30 percent.
•    1 to 9 months: Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue and shortness of breath decrease. Cilia regrow in lungs, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs and reduce infection. Body’s overall energy increases.
•    1 year: Excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker.