Quit Smoking
American Cancer Society
Telephone: 1-800-ACS-2345
National Cancer Institute
Cancer information Service
Telephone: 800-4-CANCER
Office on Smoking & Health
(National Center for Disease Prevention and Health Promotion)
Telephone: 770-448-5705
Action on Smoking and Health



Center of Disease control and Prevention

Prepared by Charlestown High School Students

How harmful is smoking?

When a cigarette is lighted, the burning of tobacco will release over 4,000 chemicals into the air. (Including 40 causing cancer substances) e.g. nicotine, anilines, carbon monoxide, tar, benzene…



By 2020, annual tobacco-related deaths will exceed deaths from AIDS, traffic accident, murder, suicide, drugs and alcohol combined.

Tobacco causes one death every nine seconds.

On average, smokers die nearly seven years earlier than nonsmokers.

In the United States every year, smoking kills more than 276,000 men and 142,000 women.

Children with parents who smoke have about ten times as many respiratory infections as other kids, especially in the first two years of life.

If all women quit smoking during their pregnancy, about 4,000 healthier babies would be born each year.

Children of smokers are also 50 times more likely to die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

The smoker's opportunities for dating or romantic involvement are largely limited to only smokers.

  How to Quit ?
Write down the reasons for quitting smoking as a remainder.
Make a self-help plan.
Get rid of all cigarettes
Keep active (walking, exercising).
Use a substitute (Zyban, Nicotine Patch or Nicotine Gum).
Build a support system with family and friends.

Health Risk:

The benefits after Quitting

Cancer (lung, oral, skin)

Stroke 1 year after quitting:
Respiratory problem     Risk of heart disease reduces by 50%
Heart attack 5 years after quitting:
High blood Pressure     Risk of stroke reduces
by 45%
Health Risk for Pregnant women: 10 years after quitting:
  Miscarriage increases by 39%     Risk of cancer decrease by 50 %
20 - 30% lower birth- weight baby 15 years after quitting:
Health Risk for Children     Risk of heart disease is no longer higher than a non-smoker
  Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)  
Environment impact  
  Air pollution  

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