CMATCH - A Nicotine Addiction Recovery Program
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.
And this - Why Should You Quit?
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)
The Real Cost of Smoking . . . state by state
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!
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