The health of the military family is essential to our country's success. Whether you are a soldier or a soldier's family member, smoking or chewing tobacco compromises your health and the health of those around you. Make it your mission to take steps toward quitting today.
You should know that tobacco use causes:
- Heart disease
- Lung diseases (including emphysema, bronchitis, and chronic airway obstruction)
- Premature birth, low birth weight, stillbirth, and infant death
As a smoker, you're putting non-smokers at risk, including children. Even brief exposure can be harmful to health. In fact, second-hand smoke can cause ear infections, asthma attacks, respiratory symptoms, and infections in children.
More than ever, tools like a patch, gum, and nicotine inhalers are helping smokers conquer this addiction.
Access these stop smoking resources:
- UcanQuit2.org - "Quit Tobacco - Make Everyone Proud" is an educational campaign for the U.S. military sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense. It offers a variety of resources and live, online help.
- Tobacco Center on LiveandWorkWell.com - Access information and self-help programs for quitting smoking.
|Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Secondhand Smoke (SHS) Facts. Accessed Jan. 19, 2013.|
|Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health Effects of Cigarette Smoking. Accessed Jan. 19, 2013.|
|Healthypeople.gov. Tobacco Use. Accessed. Jan. 23, 2013.|