As part of SmokeFree Wisconsin’s countdown to September 1st’s increase in the cigarette and tobacco taxes we are highlighting a reason to use September 1st as an opportunity to quit smoking and using tobacco and informing Wisconsinites of a resource that is available to assist them in their resolution to quit.
Today’s reason and resource are:
SMOKING BY PARENTS IS HARMFUL TO CHILDREN
Smoking by parents is associated with a wide range of adverse effects in their children, including exacerbation of asthma, increased frequency of colds and ear infections, and sudden infant death syndrome. An estimated 150,000 to 300,000 cases of lower respiratory tract infections in children less than 18 months of age, resulting in 7,500 to 15,000 annual hospitalizations, are caused by secondhand smoke.
BECOME AN EX
Parents Magazine and the American Legacy Foundation have teamed up to create a special quit plan for moms and dads, powered by the Legacy Foundation's online cutting-edge program, Become an Ex: Re-learn Life Without Cigarettes. EX is a free website that people can use to create a personal quit-smoking plan to re-learn life without cigarettes. By creating a free profile, users are able to track their progress online, complete and save exercises from the EX workbook and join the EX online community.
The site is a project of National Alliance for Tobacco Cessation. It was created by the American Legacy Foundation, with the help of quit-smoking experts at Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center. CLICK HERE TO BECOME AN EX!