"The Great American Smokeout is an excellent opportunity for Missourians to establish an official quit date to stop smoking," stated Bernard R. Malone, director, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
A smoker loses an average of 13.3 years of his/her life.Smokers who quit experience improved circulation, and lower the risk of heart attack, stroke and cancer.Children in the household of nonsmokers are also healthier.Over 350,000 Missouri children are exposed to secondhand smoke causing up to 300,000 lower respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia and bronchitis.Babies of parents who smoke are twice as likely to die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
This funding will allow us to better educate Missourians about the health risks and costs involved with tobacco use," added Malone
For more information on the Great American Smokeout
and/or cessation programs, please contact the American Lung Association
at 1-800-LUNG USA
or http://www.lungusa.org/; the American Cancer Society
at 1-800-ACS-2345 or http://www.cancer.org/; or http://www.greatamericansmokeout.com/.For suggested guidelines to quitting smoking, visit http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/quit/canquit.htm.