Did you know tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States?
Even though nicotine is the addictive substance in tobacco — and is even more addictive than heroin and cocaine — it is possible to quit using tobacco.
Here are the best reasons to quit tobacco use:
Health benefits — Heart health, blood pressure, risk of cancer and lung capacity all can improve after a user quits.
Protect friends and family — Secondhand smoke increases risk of heart attacks, ear infections, premature birth, low birth weights and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Save money — The average pack of cigarettes is approximately $5 per pack. So a pack-a-day smoker spends more than $1,800 a year on cigarettes.
Here are different strategies that can be used to help quit tobacco use:
Increase physical activity and eat healthy — Increasing physical activity will not only improve your health, but will also keep off pounds. Eating healthy snacks will satisfy the oral fixation of tobacco use.
Create a support system — Find a buddy or group of people who are also trying to quit. Talking with others along the way will help in fighting off cravings.