As Men’s Health Month comes to a close, the Tobacco Cessation Center at Arnot Health is encouraging men to commit to quit smoking. Today, the leading causes of premature death in men in the United States are heart disease and cancer, lung cancer being the leading cause of cancer death. According to the Centers for Disease Control, smoking causes an estimated 90 percent of all lung cancer deaths in men and triples a middle-aged man’s risk of dying from heart disease.
“Health risks associated with tobacco use, especially smoking cigarette, are very real,” says Amanda Domineske, Program Coordinator of the Tobacco Cessation Center at Arnot Health. “Sadly, the risks aren’t only to the smoker. Committing to a full quit is the first step in moving toward a more healthy life for you and those you care about.”
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has classified secondhand smoke as a “known human carcinogen” (cancer-causing agent). In children, secondhand smoke is known to cause acute respiratory infections, ear problems, severe asthma attacks and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). In adults, secondhand smoke exposure has been associated with lung cancer, heart disease, and lung infection in non-smokers. The American Cancer Society estimates that the increased medical costs associated with secondhand smoke top $10 billion annually.
“Committing to quit is a big decision, but more than one million people do it successfully every year,” says Domineske. “Those who do not only improve their quality of life, but the quality of life of those they care about too.”
Need Help to Quit:
- Talk to your doctor.
- Consider a Quit Class or Support Group offered by the Tobacco Cessation Center at Arnot Health. Contact (607) 737-4463 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information about offerings in your area.
- Request free nicotine replacement products by visiting www.nysmokefree.com or calling 1-866-697-8487.
- Call 1-800-QUIT NOW, a toll-free number to access free quit support across the country.