There are more than 600 ingredients in a cigarette and when burned a cigarette creates 7,000 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer. Other types of products, e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco are thought to be less dangerous, but can still have a negative impact on one’s health and those around them. There is no safe level of tobacco use.
Even with this knowledge, it is difficult to quit using tobacco products because it is considered a true physical and psychological addiction. There are many resources available in the community to assist with nicotine replacement and emotional support. Quitting tobacco use is not a single event and will take time. It is never too late to quit and take advantage of the health benefits of not smoking.
To get started, do your homework and research. Develop a plan on when, why, and how you will face the challenges and relapses. Talk to family and friends for support and seek out community or one-on-one support. Talk to your physician and pharmacist about what types of nicotine replacements are available.
Louisville area health departments also offer freedom from smoking courses. Visit LouisvilleKy.gov for more information. You can also call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for help.