Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cigarette smoking results in more than 480,000 premature deaths in the United States each year about 1 in every 5 U.S. deaths and an additional 16 million people suffer with a serious illness caused by smoking. In fact, for every one person who dies from smoking, about 30 more suffer from at least one serious tobacco-related illness (NIDA).
Exposure to secondhand smoke also causes serious diseases and death. Each year, an estimated 88 million nonsmoking Americans are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke and almost 41,000 nonsmokers die from diseases caused by secondhand smoke exposure (NIDA).
Cigarettes and other forms of tobacco, including cigars, pipe tobacco, snuff, and chewing tobacco, contain the addictive drug nicotine. Nicotine is readily absorbed into the bloodstream when a tobacco product is chewed, inhaled, or smoked. A typical smoker will take 10 puffs on a cigarette over the period of about 5 minutes that the cigarette is lit. Thus, a person who smokes about 1 pack (25 cigarettes) daily gets 250 “hits” of nicotine each day (NIDA).
The Great American Smokeout
Carson City Health and Human Services encourages tobacco-free living during the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout. On November 16, HHS encourages you to commit or recommit to healthy, tobacco-free lives by participating in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout on November 16, 2017.
The most important thing smokers can do to improve their health is to quit cigarettes and other forms of combustible tobacco. As leaders in promoting health and wellness, HHS wants to show their support for people who take those first steps toward making a plan to quit.
Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. About half of all Americans who keep smoking will die because of the habit. Each year more than 480,000 people in the United States die from illnesses related to tobacco use. This means smoking causes about 1 out of 5 deaths in the U.S. annually.
Yet, because tobacco is one of the strongest addictions one can have, about 40 million American adults still smoke. Doctors and public health officials used to encourage smokers to quit cold turkey on a single day. Today, the evidence shows that quitting is a process. It starts with a plan, often takes time and requires a lot of support.
HHS is partnering with the American Cancer Society, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide support as people make their plan to quit. More information is available at cancer.org/smokeout or by calling 1-800-227-2345. Local information is available atÂ 1-800-QUITNOW and nevadatobaccoquitline.com.
Carson City Health and Human Services wants to help the people in our community to be healthy and happy. During this year’s Great American Smokeout, HHS hopes everyone will encourage their friends, family and colleagues to commit or recommit to year-around, tobacco-free lives.