Take the steps to stop smoking

BLOOMINGTON – Tobacco cessation is essential for the health of your lungs. Make a goal this October to stop smoking and start taking steps towards tobacco cessation.

Kristen Terry

“About 90% of lung cancer deaths and about 80% of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) deaths are caused by smoking,” said IU Health Community Health Tobacco Prevention Coordinator Kristen Terry.

People have known since the 1960s that smoking is bad for your health, and yet 37.8 million American adults still smoke. This bad habit can start because of peer pressure, stress, and more.

Decide to quit for yourself and your loved ones.

“Addiction can be hard to shake, but a healthier life is worth the challenges,” said Terry. “The first step is saying to yourself, ‘I want to quit.’”

If you want to quit and need some help, call the Indiana Tobacco Quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW) for free, evidence-based support to tobacco users who want to quit. Visit QuitNowIndiana.com to find out more.