The DeKalb County Health Department supports the annual “World No Tobacco Day” on Friday, May 31.
Tobacco use is one of the leading preventable causes of death. The global tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people each year – more than 600,000 of those are people exposed to secondhand smoke.
“Quitting smoking is one of the most important things that people can do to improve their health,” said Jane Lux, DeKalb County Health Department public health administrator.
Benefits to giving up tobacco include lowering one’s chance of heart attack, stroke and cancer; improving longevity and quality of life, both for the former tobacco user and his or her family; and saving money. Pregnant women who quit smoking improve their chances of having a healthy baby.
For help to quit smoking, call the Illinois Tobacco Quitline. The Quitline is provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the American Lung Association. The Quitline offers free, convenient, and confidential counseling, and nicotine replacement therapy is free to those who qualify. Respiratory therapists and registered nurses provide tips on dealing with withdrawal symptoms and information about cessation medications. For more information on quitting, call1-866-QUIT-YES (1-866-784-8937) or visit www.dekalbcountyhealthdepartment.org and click the “Health Education” link and then “Smoking Cessation Resources.”