Prevention and Cessation of Tobacco Use

Smoking is the nation’s largest preventable cause of disease and death. Approximately one in four Americans — 68 million people — uses a tobacco product. The majority (83 percent) of tobacco users smoke cigarettes, and millions of people also use other types of tobacco, such as cigars, chewing tobacco, and snuff.

smokingThe consequences of using tobacco in any form can be devastating: increased risk of cancer, reproductive issues, heart disease, stroke, and death.  But prevention is possible and is as important now as ever before, especially among young people. It’s also important for individuals who currently smoke or use tobacco — even if only occasionally — to stop. The longer a person smokes, the more damage is done to the body. Quitting at any age has benefits.

Do your part to be tobacco-free, and take action to help family, friends, and members of your community do the same.

Learn more by downloading the Fact Sheet for Prevention and Cessation of Tobacco Use in the U.S. [PDF] from SAMHSA.

On Ellsworth AFB, contact the Health and Wellness Center (HAWC) at 385-2349 to find out what tobacco cessation programs they provide.

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