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 INCREASES RISK OF A HEART ATTACK
People who smoke are up to six times more likely to suffer a heart attack than nonsmokers, and the risk increases with the number of cigarettes smoked. The good news is that quitting smoking can immediately reduce your risk of heart disease and other serious disorders, with the benefit increasing over time. Just 1 year after you stop smoking, your heart disease risk may drop by more than half. Within several years, it will approach the heart disease risk of someone who has never smoked. No matter how long you’ve been smoking, or how much, quitting will lessen your chances of developing heart disease.
AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION; FREEDOM FROM SMOKING- FREE ONLINE PROGRAM
The American Lung Association’s popular and free online program Freedom From Smoking (FFS) has just been revamped and upgraded. The program consists of seven modules, including assessing your readiness to quit, understanding your learned habit and diving into long-term strategies for maintaining a smoke free life.
The FFS program can be accessed online- CLICK HERE!