Think about your friends, family, and acquaintances. Does it seem like you know fewer people who smoke? It’s likely true for you—and a new report confirms it nationwide.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking rates in the U.S. are at a record low and continue to fall. Between 2005 and 2014, the number of adult smokers dropped from 21 to 17 percent—representing over 5 million quitters.
If you’re one of the 17 percent who still smoke, it’s time to stop. Quitting isn’t easy. But if millions of Americans can be successful, so can you.
Finding your personal motivation for quitting can help you through difficult times. What drives you?
Quitting smoking lowers the risk for heart disease, stroke, lung disease, and cancer. But you don’t have to wait to reap health benefits. In fact, your body begins to heal almost immediately once you stop. For example, just 20 minutes after your last cigarette, your blood pressure drops.
Smoking isn’t cheap. Think of all the things you can do with your savings when you quit. If you smoke a pack a day, that can add up to 200 extra dollars or more each month.
Smoking takes a big toll on your family and friends. Secondhand smoke can hurt your loved ones, and smoking can take you away from them earlier. On average, smokers die 13 years sooner than nonsmokers.
No matter what your reasons are for quitting, it’s time to join the ranks of the others who have said good-bye to cigarettes for good.
WCHN offers smoking cessation programs that can help.
Call us to learn more:
- Danbury/New Milford Hospital: 203-739-8328
- Norwalk Hospital: 203-852-2476