Speak Out: Reasons to quit smoking in 2014
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As 2013 fades away and we consider new resolutions for 2014, I would like to make a suggestion. Why not give up tobacco in 2014? Not only is tobacco damaging to your health, but also to the health of those around you. Secondhand smoke is dangerous and a leading trigger of asthma attacks. Giving up tobacco not only improves your health but the health of your loved ones. In June 2006 the surgeon general reported that there was no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure.

Here are some facts that might help you make your decision:

• It is estimated that only 15 percent of cigarette smoke gets inhaled by the smoker. The remaining 85 percent lingers in the air for everyone to breathe.

• Secondhand smoke contains 43 cancer-causing agents.

• 53,000 non-smokers die each year from secondhand smoke.

• 9 out of 10 non-smoking Americans are exposed to secondhand smoke at least once every two to three days.

If you are a smoker and you’re ready to quit, we’re ready to help you. It’s time. Call the Alabama Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or 1-800-784-8669. Call for free counseling to give up smoking and chewing tobacco.

Coretta Grant
Area 6 Tobacco Prevention
and Control Coordinator
Alabama Department of Public Health
Anniston
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