BLOOMINGTON – Many health-related issues are recognized in October. Don’t let Healthy Lung Month get lost in the shuffle.
“As fall blankets Indiana with turning leaves and falling temperatures, take this time to make a positive change and start on your path to tobacco cessation,” said IU Health Community Health Tobacco Prevention Coordinator Kristen Terry. “Tobacco cessation is essential for the health of your lungs and for the health of those around you.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, hundreds of which are toxic and about 70 that can cause cancer.
“You’re not just exposing yourself to these harmful chemicals when smoking,” said Terry. “You’re exposing everyone around you.”
Decide to quit for yourself and your loved ones.
Terry said the first step is saying to yourself, “I want to quit.”
If you want to quit tobacco and need some help, call the Indiana Tobacco Quitline (1-800-QUIT- NOW) for free, evidence-based support for tobacco users who want to quit. Visit QuitNowIndiana.com to find out more.
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