There are an estimated 40 million adults in the United States who regularly smoke cigarettes—putting them at risk for cancer, stroke, heart disease, lung disease, diabetes and more. At Medical Associates, we believe it’s time to kick smoking in the butt!
After quitting, you can live your life to the fullest as a healthier you.
Did you know that in just a few hours after quitting smoking, your blood pressure levels will immediately begin to drop down to normal levels? Along with your blood pressure, your overall risk of disease will also begin to lower immediately. Your lungs will begin the recovery process, and your skin cells start repairing and rejuvenating themselves. In just a few short weeks, you’ll be able to exercise without becoming winded and your senses of smell and taste will return.
Make a healthier home for yourself and your family.
Separating smokers, opening windows, and using air filters will not prevent your family from breathing in secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke causes ear infections, more frequent and severe asthma attacks, and more respiratory infections in your children.
Besides the major benefit of protecting your children from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, you will have more money in your wallet for all of those fun family activities! Use the money you would have spent on cigarettes and create lasting memories with your kids! Quitting is hard, and you should reward yourself and your family for your accomplishments.
It’s never too late to quit.
No matter how old you are, there are several health benefits in store for you when you kick the smoking habit. The number one leading cause of death in the United States is coronary artery disease caused by the effects of smoking. In fact, your risk of developing heart disease is 70% higher if you are a smoker. By quitting, you can save yourself, and your family, from the pain of dealing with a devastating diagnosis. In fact, just one year after quitting smoking, you will reduce your risk of heart disease by half.
Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, and is estimated to have caused approximately 440,000 premature deaths in the United States annually. Take charge of your health today, and commit to quit smoking with the help of Medical Associates. If you are a smoker and are ready to quit, contact your health care provider or Kim Ehlers in the Internal Medicine Department to help you develop an individualized quit plan.