We have prepared this website program to equip neighborhood groups, churches, and other non-profit organizations to conduct mentoring tobacco cessation workshops. However, individuals without access to these groups may benefit from this program alone. So, read on!
Did you know . . .
- An individual who smokes 1.5 packs/day, may be spending at least $3,300/year! In New York, it would be at least double that.
- One who chews a can of tobacco per day, could be spending $1100/year on a sure path to oral cancer.
- Tobacco use, particularly cigarette smoking, remains the leading cause of preventable illness and death in this country.
- Around the world, tobacco kills up to half of its users, resulting in 6 million deaths a year, according to WHO. More than 5 million of those are the result of direct tobacco use while over 600,000 are non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke.
- Tobacco users for each product are more likely to be non-Hispanic whites. Most cigar and pipe users have at least some college education, but cigarette smoking is more concentrated among those with less than a college education.
- For the smoker, the risk of developing Peripheral Artery Disease - blocked leg arteries - increases as we live longer . . . potentially leading to an amputation and reduced quality of life.
smoking-related disease in adults.
(From the CDC, 2018)
What is that?!
Residual chemicals from tobacco smoke that get deposited on indoor and in-vehicle items: clothing, draperies, carpets, car upholstery. Years later, when the skin makes contact with it or one inhales room air, the risk to health of the vulnerable rises. Thus,
-- a warning to parents of crawling-age children,
-- any rooms of a previous smoker are suspect without a thorough cleaning
Recent Research Finding:
When you quit smoking and then gain weight, you still have a 50% lower risk of dying prematurely from heart disease of other related causes than smokers.
(New England Journal of Medicine, August, 2018)
Some Facts about the Cost Burden of Tobacco:
$96 billion in health care costs
$91 billion in lost productivity
70% of smokers say they wish they had never started; want to quit
40% make attempts; less than 10% of them are independently successful
Good news: Trends toward health through tobacco cessation are improving.
On the individual level, quitting takes:
- Putting pride aside for help-seeking
And Did You Know?
Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the US. Approximately 1,300 people die each day from smoking; 480,000 U.S. citizens die/year from tobacco-related causes.
Lung cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States.
- Lung cancer has increased 451% in the past 30 years, and it has been predicted that this number will rise in the years to come.
- The increased number of lung cancer incidences have been related to tobacco use
- 75% of teen smokers become adult smokers
- Teen smokers could risk losing up to $10,000/year in income in their future
- About 553 women die daily of tobacco-related disease
- Smoking causes more deaths each year than all of these combined:
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV),
- Illegal drug use,
- Alcohol use,
- Motor vehicle injuries, and
- Firearm-related incidents
- Smokers die on average 10 years earlier than non-smokers, but even those smokers in their 70s can add years to their lives if they quit
- Tobacco smoke is potentially made up of more than 7,000 chemicals. Many are poisons and at least 70 are known to cause cancer in people or animals
3 Trillion cigarette butts are carelessly thrown or flicked into the environment each year. Only about 1/3 end up in the trash, the rest trash up the streets, pass into the drainage systems and make their way to the sea where nicotine and tar are leached. The filters are made of cellulose acetate--plastic. . . eaten mistakenly as prey by marine life. And, who knew? Electronic cigarettes are handled the same way by many smokers--tossed into the environment . . . on their way to the sea.
Not only are tobacco product users responsible to their own health, but they are responsible to the health and safety of other humans and our environment!
To Make a Positive Change in Your Life, You Need a PLAN.
Smokefree.gov can help you get started with that online and then you can download it to your computer to refer to it as you progress through Taking Control!
But, all this negative information may cause you to feel hopeless and doomed . . . Take heart, you can reclaim a state of well-being!
You can live FREEEE! again! And . . . #
You have come to the right place!
For the next 14 days we will:
- Help you confirm your decision to quit in the first place,
- Guide you for 3 days to prepare you and your environment to be nicotine free,
- Instruct in effective quitting strategies, help you establish new reachable goals,
- Suggest and guide in delicious nutritious meal plans and invigorating exercise,
- Teach relaxation and stress reduction,
- Provide optional spiritual support from Biblical sources.
We encourage involving family and friends for support throughout this transition. . . All while we are coaching you in new, non-smoking behaviors.
HAVE WE CONVINCED YOU YET OF HOW URGENT IT IS TO PREVENT/QUIT TOBACCO USE?
Get Over It!! We want to help you live longer and healthier!
Download and View this PPT Show to learn about this Intervention.
Proceed to CMATCH and Taking Control