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Why Quit Smoking?

Why quit smoking - St. Anthony Hospital Smoking Cessation ProgramSmoking and tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and has a negative health impact on people. This includes using cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco or pipe.

Why QUIT Smoking?

  • People who smoke are twice as likely to develop heart disease or to have a stroke. Even smoking 4 cigarettes a day increases your risk by 50 percent.
  • Cigarettes contain 2,500 chemicals when NOT lit, and greater than 4,000 when lit. These chemicals cause CANCER!
  • Smoking affects your body's ability to heal in all situations.
  • Nicotine increases heart rate, blood pressure and blood clots. It also increases "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and lowers "good" cholesterol (HDL).
  • Smoking damages your circulation and immune system and oxygen is changed to carbon monoxide in your blood.
  • Cigar smokers are still at risk even if you don't inhale! One cigar has as much tar as one pack of cigarettes.
  • Help protect your family and frients! A person standing 20 inches from a burning cigarette may inhale 10 times more cancer-causing chemicals than the smoker.
  • Non-smokers living with smokers have a 30 percent increase of risk of heart attack and lung cancer.

When you QUIT Smoking:

  • 20 minutes after quitting: blood pressure decreases and the temperature of your hands and feet return to normal.
  • 8 hours after quitting: carbon monoxide levels decrease.
  • 2 to 12 weeks after quitting: circulation improves and lung function increases.
  • 1 to 9 months after quitting: coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath decrease.
  • 1 year after quitting: risk of heart disease is cut in half.
  • 5 to 15 years after quitting: stroke rate is reduced, lung cancer death rate decreases to about half and risk of various cancers decrease.

If you're ready to talk about quitting, we're ready to help. Make an appointment with the smoking cessation program today, contact us online or call 720-321-8312.

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