Smoke less today . . . live more tomorrow

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Smoke less today . . . live more tomorrow

by: Senior Airman Taylor Simon | .
Health and Wellness Center | .
published: June 18, 2012

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- There are 1.1 billion smokers in the world today. If the current trend continues, that number is expected to increase to 1.6 billion by the year 2025.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nicotine dependence is the most common form of chemical dependence in the United States. It doesn't end there. Here are five devastating facts about tobacco:

1. There is enough nicotine in four or five cigarettes to kill the average adult if ingested whole.

2. Every eight seconds, a human life is lost to tobacco somewhere around the world.

3. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women in the United States. Ninety percent of lung cancer deaths among men and approximately 80 percent of lung cancer deaths among women are due to smoking.

4. Half of all long term smokers will die a tobacco related death.

5. Smoking is a bad habit that can ultimately lead to death.

In the times of Christopher Columbus, tobacco was called herba panacea; meaning cure all herb. Some people even thought that smoking cleaned out the lungs. With the stressful demands of work and home life, smoking may sometimes seem to be the cure all. Many people turn to nicotine as a coping mechanism and boredom is often used as an excuse to smoke. But tobacco use can enslave us to a life of debilitating chronic illness and ultimately contribute to our pre-mature death.

Fortunately, there are healthier ways of dealing with stress and more productive ways to use free time than smoking. If you or someone you know is interested in learning the skills it takes to quit tobacco, the Health and Wellness Center is here to help. We offer morning and evening tobacco cessation classes to fit most schedules. Contact the HAWC at DSN: 784-HAWC (4292) for more information.

Need help now? Follow these tips to help you quit until you are able to attend a class.

1. Make an honest list of all the things you like about smoking and tobacco, and why quitting won't be easy.

2. Set a quit date.

3. Prepare a list of things to do when a craving hits.

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