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Feb 08

Tobacco: Quick Facts & Resources

Posted on February 8, 2016 at 3:09 PM by Joanna Cortes

cigarette-84412_640When one thinks back to 30 or forty years ago, it wasn’t uncommon to see many people smoking, indoors and in very public areas. This included office buildings to even doctors’ offices and hospitals. The tobacco landscape of our society has changed greatly over the years—the areas where individuals can use tobacco, especially smoke it, has dramatically decreased. For example, the Clean Indoor Air Act went into effect in Colorado in 2006, limiting smoking in many work and public places. Along with these types of changes came the knowledge of how extremely harmful tobacco use is for one’s health. Plus, we now know that second hand smoke harms those exposed to it as well. 

Campaigns to educate the public on these issues have been so successful that people often think that tobacco use isn’t an issue anymore. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Many people are still addicted to and die from tobacco and according to the Center for Disease Control cigarette smoking is still “the leading preventable cause of death in the United States”. 

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Those who use tobacco often know better than anyone the health risks associated with tobacco and often attempt to quit. Many people have to make numerous quit attempts before being successful, and this can be a long and challenging journey. The available resources to help people successfully quit are ever-changing and improving – to meet each individual’s needs and work with their lifestyles, such as a busy work schedule and lack of time. Here are some tobacco cessation resources:

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Tobacco Free Colorado
has numerous resources and ideas as well!

For more information on Electronic Cigarettes, see “E-Cigarettes and Lung Health” from the American Lung Association.



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