TAKE ACTION TODAY
- Stop smoking—do it cold turkey. Don't light up! And if you chew tobacco, avoid even a pinch today. You can do it.
- Don't quit alone. Quit with a friend so that you can hold each other accountable.
- If necessary, use one of the many nicotine replacement therapies.
- If you are a nonsmoker, "adopt" a smoker. Support them by giving encouragement, exercising together, going out where there isn't likely to be smoking, and providing comfort and accountability.
- Nicotine is as addictive as heroin or cocaine.
- 12 million deaths have been caused by cigarette smoking over the last 40 years.
- 8.6 million people in the U.S. have at least one serious illness caused by smoking.
- 80% of adult smokers started smoking before the age of 18.
- Every day 4,000 people under the age of 18 try their first cigarette.
- Every year $92 billion or more is spent on cigarette-related medical conditions—and nearly $97 billion worth of productivity is lost because of smoking.
- Nicotine can be found in the umbilical cord blood of a fetus during pregnancy as well as in breast milk.
- Smoking harms nearly every organ of your body.
- 70% of smokers say they want to quit.
- 91.2% of all successful long-term quitters quit cold turkey, without the assistance of patches, gum, hypnosis, acupuncture, inhalers, or prescriptions.