Smoking Cessation
Smoking Cessation

Smoking Cessation

We’ve come a long way in our knowledge about smoking since the Surgeon General’s first report in 1964. Since then, 29 more reports have educated us  about the overwhelming and conclusive biologic, epidemiologic, behavioral, and pharmacologic evidence that tobacco use is deadly. Every puff of a cigarette—or inhalation of second hand smoke—comes with a soup of some 7,000 chemicals, hundreds of which are dangerous, and 69 of which are known to cause cancer.


As our knowledge has evolved, so has the tobacco industry—although not necessarily for the better. New techniques in tobacco farming, mixing, and processing have made tobacco products more addictive than ever before. One third of all people who try smoking as an experiment end up as daily users. And many of these go on to become a grim statistic.


Cigarettes kill more than 1,000 people each and every day. In fact, half of all long-term smokers die from smoking-related diseases—heart attacks, chronic lung diseases, and cancers. And they don’t just end their own lives. They share the misery. Second hand smoke causes thousands of nonsmokers to die from heart disease and lung cancer every year, and hundreds of thousands of children to suffer from lung infections.

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