JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. –
Most folks recognize cigarette smoking is the largest preventable cause of death in the United States. Specifically, smoking contributes to roughly 450,000 deaths each year. Explicit warnings on tobacco products include death as a possible risk.
Smoking is regarded as an individual choice, but tobacco poses a risk to the families of smokers, not just the smokers themselves. Over recent years, awareness of second hand smoke hazards has increased. Medical research shows children living with a smoker suffer greater respiratory complications like asthma and respiratory infection.
The offspring of mothers who smoke during pregnancy have a higher percentage of children with lower birth weights and behavioral problems such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
The good news is that the majority of current smokers want to quit.
October 6 is the Great American Smokeout. Here is a terrific opportunity to support a smoker who wants to stop. Use this date to learn more about the free resources to assist with smoking cessation. If you do, chances are you and the ones you love will breathe more easily - because you cared enough to take action.
Staff from the Naval Health Clinic Charleston will be available for questions Oct. 6 in the NHCC atrium. Call 794-6910 if you have any questions in advance or would like to speak with a wellness representative. You can also look for information about the Great American Smokeout on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/navalhealthcliniccharleston2010.