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Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is Lung Cancer Awareness month, which means there's no better time to quit smoking like the present. Below are some facts and tips from Onslow Memorial Hospital and the CDC to help you or your loved ones quit.

Facts about Smoking:

  • Smoking is the #1 cause of preventable death in the U.S., causing over 480,000 deaths per year (about 1 in 5 deaths).
  • About 8.6 million people in the U.S. have at least one serious illness caused by smoking.
  • Smokers die significantly earlier than nonsmokers: 13.2 years for men and 14.5 years for women.
  • Cigarette smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer.

Reasons Why to Quit:

  • For your health: According to the Surgeon General, quitting smoking is the single most important step a smoker can take to improve the length and quality of his or her life.
  • Quitting smoking cuts cardiovascular risks. Just one year after quitting smoking, your risk for a heart attack drops significantly.
  • Within 2 to 5 years after quitting smoking, your risk for stroke could fall about the same as a nonsmoker's.

Additional Resources:

Freedom From Smoking® - a group clinic that includes eight sessions and a step-by-step plan for quitting smoking, encouraging participants to work on the process and problems of quitting smoking both individually and as part of a group:

Tips for parents to help keep kids from smoking and encouraging them to quit if they have already started:

CDC overview of the health effects of cigarette smoking:

Resource with a detailed, customizable quit plan and additional information: