Why Quit

Why
Quit

How much does your tobacco habit actually cost?

You already know the basics: Smoking and chewing aren’t good for you. Big Tobacco just wants your money. Nicotine is incredibly addictive, and quitting tobacco is absolutely possible, but not always easy.

Here you can learn more. What are the newly discovered dangers of smoking? How much does your tobacco habit actually cost? Are e-cigarettes a safe and effective way to quit smoking?

You might be surprised at what you find out.

Health
Effects

It’s not just your lungs and heart. Tobacco hurts almost every part of your body. Here’s a quick look at just some of the diseases known to be caused or made worse by using tobacco.

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Compared to nonsmokers, smoking doubles or even quadruples your chance for stroke and coronary heart disease (the leading cause of death in the U.S.). The chance of developing lung cancer is 23 times greater for men and 13 times greater for women. On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years earlier than nonsmokers. That’s a huge price to pay.

The good news is that people who quit tobacco enjoy improved health benefits and dramatically increase their chances of leading longer and healthier lives.

Some smokers may be at higher risk for developing lung cancer than others. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommends cancer screenings for high-risk patients. To find out if you should be screened, click here.

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What if I smoke
cigarettes?

Today, most people know that smoking is bad for them. While some smokers are fortunate enough to live long lives, most people who smoke die earlier than they should. Tobacco use is the single leading cause of disability, disease and preventable death in Utah and the United States.

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Smoking-Related
Diseases

  • Coronary heart disease
  • COPD
  • Emphysema
  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic airway obstruction
  • Acute myeloid leukemia
  • Bladder cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Laryngeal cancer (voice box)
  • Lung cancer
  • Oral cavity cancer (mouth)
  • Pharyngeal cancer (throat)
  • Stomach cancer
  • Uterine cancer

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Comparison with
Nonsmokers

Smoking is estimated to increase the risk of these diseases and lead to premature death.

  • Coronary heart disease, by 2 to 4 times
  • Stroke, by 2 to 4 times
  • Men developing lung cancer, by 23 times
  • Women developing lung cancer, by 13 times
  • Dying from chronic obstructive lung diseases (such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema), by 12 to 13 times
  • On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years earlier than nonsmokers.

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Chemicals

Cigarette smoke contains 7,000 chemicals; here are a few that cause cancer:

  • Acetone − found in nail polish remover
  • Acetic acid – an ingredient in hair dye
  • Ammonia – a common household cleaner
  • Arsenic – used in rat poison
  • Benzene – found in rubber cement
  • Butane – used in lighter fluid
  • Cadmium – active component in battery acid
  • Carbon monoxide – released in car exhaust fumes
  • Formaldehyde – embalming fluid
  • Hexamine – found in barbecue lighter fluid
  • Lead – used in batteries
  • Naphthalene – an ingredient in mothballs
  • Methanol – a main component in rocket fuel
  • Nicotine – used as insecticide
  • Tar – material for paving roads
  • Toluene − used to manufacture paint

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Smoking and
Pregnancy

If you’re a pregnant smoker, many of the 7,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke are making their way to your baby. You’re not only harming yourself, but your unborn child, too. Smoking while pregnant puts your baby at risk for premature delivery, low birth weight, childhood asthma and sudden infant death syndrome.

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What if i Chew
or dip?

Smokeless tobacco products, such as spitting tobacco, dip, chew, snuff and snus, are also harmful to your health and are not a safer alternative to smoking.

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Compared to
nonusers

Chewing has been shown to increase the risk of these diseases:

  • 80 percent higher risk of oral cancer
  • 60 percent higher risk of pancreatic and esophageal cancer

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Smokeless
Tobacco-Related Diseases

  • Esophageal cancer
  • Pharyngeal cancer (throat)
  • Laryngeal cancer (voice box)
  • Stomach cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Leukoplakia

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Leukoplakia

If you use smokeless tobacco, the odds are very good that you’re going to get leukoplakia. It’s a disease of the mouth characterized by white patches and sores on the cheeks, gums and/or tongue, and it can lead to oral cancer. More than half of all smokeless tobacco users get leukoplakia during the first three years of use. Studies have found that 60 to 78 percent of smokeless tobacco users have oral lesions or open sores in their mouths.

Smoking Cost
Calculator

How much is smoking actually costing you?

How much do you pay for a pack of cigarettes?

How many cigarettes do you get in a pack?

How many cigarettes do you smoke each day?

How old were you when you started smoking?

How old are you now?

Weekly Cost:

$17.50

Monthly Cost:

$75.00

Yearly Cost:

912.50

What you've already spent:

$18,250.00

Benefits of
Quitting

The average pack-a-day smoker in Utah spends more than $2,300 a year on cigarettes.

There’s no question that quitting tobacco is good for your health, but it’s also good for your wallet. On average, a pack-a-day smoker in Utah spends more than $2,300 a year on cigarettes. Imagine what you could do with all that extra money.

Quitting tobacco also helps your family. It protects your loved ones from breathing in secondhand smoke, and it helps ensure that you can be there for them longer. Plus, if you have kids, your quitting smoking will make your kids less likely to smoke, too. The No. 1 predictor of whether or not a child will start smoking is if a parent smokes.

it’s never too
late to quit

Even if you’ve smoked for most of your life, quitting now will help you live longer. On average, here’s how many years people who quit smoking got back (and you could get even more):

Smokers who quit between the ages of 35 to 44 gained nine years of life.

Smokers who quit between the ages of 45 to 54 gained six years of life.

Smokers who quit between the ages of 55 to 64 gained four years of life.

Your body heals itself
immediately after quitting

20 minutes

Your heart rate drops.

12 Hours

The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.

2 weeks to 3 months

Your heart attack risk begins to drop. Your lung function begins to improve.

1 to 9 months

Your coughing and shortness of breath decrease.

1 year

Your added risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s

5 to 15 years

Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker’s.

10 years

Your lung cancer death rate is about half that of a smoker’s. Your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas decreases.

15 years

Your risk of coronary heart disease is back to that of a nonsmoker’s and your risk of death returns to nearly the level of people who never have smoked.

E-Cigarettes

Take
Caution

There are lots of questions about e-cigarettes these days. Are they healthy? Can they help you stop smoking? As you look for ways to quit tobacco, e-cigarettes might seem like an option. However, it’s important to note that e-cigarettes have not been endorsed as a proven way to quit. Also, since e-cigarettes are still a relatively new product, the long-term effects of using them are unknown. Take caution with using this product.

E-cigarettes still contain nicotine.

While e-cigarette vapor doesn’t contain many of the cancer-causing chemicals found in cigarette smoke, it does contain nicotine and all of nicotine’s harmful effects. Nicotine by itself doesn’t cause cancer, but it is a highly addictive drug that has been shown to accelerate existing cancer growth and to damage your cardiovascular system.

Here at way to quit, we don’t endorse e-cigarettes as a way to quit smoking or chewing. Instead, we provide FDA-approved resources that have helped other people like you kick the tobacco habit for good, not just replace your cigarettes or chew with another addictive nicotine product.

Nicotine affects
the developing brain.

One in five Utah teens report trying e-cigarettes and one in 10 report regular use. While long-term health consequences are unknown, we know that nicotine in e-cigarettes is both addictive and can affect brain development in those under 25 years old. For more information about the impact of nicotine and e-cigarettes on youth and young adults please visit www.e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov.

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