Smoking Cessation: Helping You Quit

By: AvMed Health Tips AvMed Health Smarts, Preventive Care

The tobacco landscape is very different from what it was decades ago. Aside from cigarettes, there are now alternatives like smokeless and electronic tobacco products. But no matter the product, using any form of tobacco has risks.

Did you know that approximately 400,000 Americans die every year from smoking-related diseases? In the U.S. and around the world, smoking-related illnesses claim the lives of people of every age, gender and race.

One of the first steps toward quitting is becoming familiar with the facts about how much smoking negatively affects you and those around you.

· Lung cancer: Smoking is the No. 1 cause of lung cancer.

· Heart disease: Smokers are two to four times more likely than nonsmokers to develop heart disease.

· Stroke: Smoking damages blood vessels and can make them thicken and grow narrower.

A growing concern is the popularity of e-cigarettes, especially among youths. Early exposure to tobacco products can put them at risk for nicotine addiction and possibly harm brain development. Tobacco cessation benefits are available to anyone seeking to quit use of all tobacco products – including e-cigarettes – regardless of age.

To get a kit, contact the number listed on your AvMed Member ID Card. You can also visit this AvMed page for a list of statewide resources. Members who are under 18 and unable to use tobacco cessation medications can get help at teen.smokefree.gov.