County offers to help smokers quit

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We, at the Madera County Public Health Department’s Tobacco Control agency strongly believe that tobacco-related premature illness and death are preventable. Each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 6 million people die from a tobacco-related death and 600,000 of those tobacco related deaths are from secondhand smoke.

Yet, every day about 1,000 youths under the age of 18 begin to smoke on a daily basis, cutting their life expectancies by 13 to 14 years.

Quitting smoking is often difficult and may require multiple attempts but it is possible. With the help of a smoking cessation facilitator a person can figure out what triggers their stress as well as manage their weight as they quit nicotine.

Here at the county’s Tobacco Control Program, we have trained cessation facilitators that can help you quit. Smoking cessation not only relieves other symptoms such as sneezing, wheezing and shortness of breath, but reduces the risk of premature death by secondhand smoke. Within two years of tobacco cessation the risk for coronary heart disease is reduced greatly. People who stop smoking significantly reduce their risk for disease and premature death.

If you would like more information or to sign up for cessation classes please call the Madera County Tobacco Control at: 675-7893.

Mayra Miranda,
Madera County Tobacco Control

 

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