My Community, My Health---Great American Smoke Out---November 15, 2018
In partnership with CAPA (Community Awareness and Prevention Association) we are promoting “My Community, My Health” to help people quit tobacco.
Health Risks of Smoking Tobacco
About half of all Americans who keep smoking will die because of the habit. Each year more than 480,000 people in the United States die from illnesses related to tobacco use. This means each year smoking causes about 1 out of 5 deaths in the US.
- Smoking cigarettes kills more Americans than alcohol, car accidents, HIV, guns, and illegal drugs combined.
- Cigarette smokers die younger than non-smokers.
- Smoking shortens male smokers’ lives by about 12 years and female smokers’ lives by about 11 years.
- Smoking not only causes cancer. It can damage nearly every organ in the body, including the lungs, heart, blood vessels, reproductive organs, mouth, skin, eyes, and bones.
Quitting starts here.
School Prevention and Education Specialist for the Westshore Enforcement Bureau. The Westshore Young Leaders Network is dedicated to implementing strategies aimed at preventing and reducing youth substance use while encouraging healthy life choices in the Westshore Communities.